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First Step Act decisions must be procedurally, substantively reasonable (access required)

Where procedural and substantive reasonableness requirements are necessary to ensure the broad remedial purposes of the First Step Act, but the district court here did not explain why it believed a large upward variance was warranted when it resentenced the defendant under § 404 of the First Step Act, its sentence was vacated. Background Mitchell Swain appeals ...