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The video, the American Justice System, examined race and poverty as a social issue. Thevideo's point of view notes that black men hold a negative focus and are more likely to becomeincarcerated. Under the current judicial system, this is unlikely to change. Majority incarcerationin the United States is a civil rights issue. Incarceration not only dehumanizes poor people andminorities, but it also damages already marginalized communities. There is a high percentage ofblack men in prison, jail, or on probation and parole. Finances have a significant impact onAfrican American based on the sense that money can shape outcomes; however, individuals withaccess to money are less likely to become a statistic. To initiate change, an emphasis onpreserving human rights and basic dignity is necessary; this can occur while still enforcing thelaw. Review and reform taking note from those who have already reformed with positive results.[Stevenson, Bryan 2012]When Donald Trump took office, he gave an alternative opinion: he signed into law a significantcriminal justice reform legislation in years. As Trump delivered the State of the Union speech,Trump decreed that the bill reformed sentencing laws have wrongly and disproportionatelyharmed the African American community. The First Step Act gives non-violent offenders thechange to re-enter society as productive, law-abiding citizens. The Act takes modest steps to alterthe federal criminal justice system and ease punitive prison sentences at the Federal level. "The law takes several steps to relax mandatory minimum sentences under federal law. It eases athree-strikes rule so people with three or more convictions, including for drug offenses,automatically get 25 years instead of life. The law provides increases of "good time credits."Inmates without disciplinary record can currently gain credits of up to 47 days per yearincarcerated. The law permits inmates to gain "earned time credits" by participating in vocationaland rehabilitative programs. The earned credits facilitate early release to either homeconfinement or halfway-homes. The positive effects of early release programs for one are themitigation of prison overcrowding, although the goal is for the education programs to reduce thelikelihood of reoffending. As a result, the goal is to reduce both crime and incarceration in the