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The video, the American Justice System, examined race and poverty as a social issue. The video's point of view notes that black men hold a negative focus and are more likely to become incarcerated. Under the current judicial system, this is unlikely to change. Majority incarceration in the United States is a civil rights issue. Incarceration not only dehumanizes poor people and minorities, but it also damages already marginalized communities. There is a high percentage of black men in prison, jail, or on probation and parole. Finances have a significant impact on African American based on the sense that money can shape outcomes; however, individuals with access to money are less likely to become a statistic. To initiate change, an emphasis on preserving human rights and basic dignity is necessary; this can occur while still enforcing the law. 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 significant criminal 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 disproportionately harmed the African American community. The First Step Act gives non-violent offenders the change to re-enter society as productive, law-abiding citizens. The Act takes modest steps to alter the 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 a three-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 year incarcerated. The law permits inmates to gain "earned time credits" by participating in vocational and rehabilitative programs. The earned credits facilitate early release to either home confinement or halfway-homes. The positive effects of early release programs for one are the mitigation of prison overcrowding, although the goal is for the education programs to reduce the likelihood of reoffending. As a result, the goal is to reduce both crime and incarceration in the

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