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President Donald Trump signs criminal justice reform legislation in the Oval Office of the White House on Dec. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A provision in the First Step Act could allow judges to release vulnerable federal inmates during the COVID-19 pandemic, a move advocates are pushing for over concerns the virus could easily spread in federal penitentiaries.

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Jacqueline Thomsen

Jacqueline Thomsen, based in Washington, is a reporter covering D.C. federal courts and the legal side of politics. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @jacq_thomsen.

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