Some 1,987 federal defendants have received sentencing reductions under the First Step Act that was passed by Congress late last year, says the U.S. Sentencing Commission. The agency reported about two months ago that more than 1,600 prisoners have had their sentences cut by more than 25 percent as a result of applying the law retroactively to people convicted before 2010.
As the earlier report indicated, the largest number of prisoner affected by the reductions have been from federal court districts in South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, New York State, North Carolina and Virginia. Of inmates in the latest count, 98 percent were men and 91 percent were black. The average age of prisoners at resentencing was 45.