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Literacy, Education, and Rehabilitation Act (LERA)

H.R.2343
Latest Title:
Literacy, Education, and Rehabilitation Act
Sponsor: Rep Scott, Robert C. "Bobby" [VA-3] (introduced 6/23/2011) Cosponsors (1)
Related Bills:H.R.2344
Latest Major Action: 8/25/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.


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HR 2343 IH

112th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2343

To amend title 18, United States Code, to award credit toward the service of a sentence to prisoners who participate in designated educational, vocational, treatment, assigned work, or other developmental programs, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 23, 2011

Mr. SCOTT of Virginia (for himself and Mr. CONYERS) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To amend title 18, United States Code, to award credit toward the service of a sentence to prisoners who participate in designated educational, vocational, treatment, assigned work, or other developmental programs, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the `Literacy, Education, and Rehabilitation Act'.

SEC. 2. CREDIT FOR PARTICIPATION IN EDUCATIONAL, VOCATIONAL, TREATMENT, ASSIGNED WORK, OR OTHER DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRAMS.

    (a) In General- Section 3624 of title 18, United States Code, is amended--

      (1) in subsection (a), by striking `as provided in subsection (b)';

      (2) by redesignating subsections (c), (d), (e), and (f), as subsections (d), (e), (f), and (g); and

      (3) by inserting after subsection (b) the following new subsection:

    `(c) Credit Toward Service of Sentence for Satisfactory Participation in a Designated Program-

      `(1) IN GENERAL- Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), a prisoner serving a term of imprisonment of more than 1 year may receive credit toward the service of the prisoner's sentence, in addition to any other credit received, beyond the time already served, of up to 60 days at the end of each year of the court-imposed sentence, beginning at the end of the first year of such sentence. Credit for the last year or portion of a year of the term of imprisonment shall be prorated and credited within the last 6 weeks of the sentence.

      `(2) SATISFACTORY PARTICIPATION IN DESIGNATED PROGRAM- A prisoner shall be awarded credit under paragraph (1) if the Director of the Bureau of Prisons determines that the prisoner has earned, or is making satisfactory progress toward earning, a certificate of completion in a designated program, has satisfactorily participated in a designated program, or has taught or conducted a designated program.

      `(3) NUMBER OF DAYS OF CREDIT AWARDED-

        `(A) IN GENERAL- The Director of the Bureau of Prisons shall determine and establish a policy setting forth the rate of the number of days of credit which a prisoner may be awarded under this subsection with respect to any designated program.

        `(B) SPECIFIC CONSIDERATIONS- In determining the number of days of credit a prisoner may be awarded with respect to a designated program, the Director of the Bureau of Prisons shall consider--

          `(i) the level of difficulty of the program;

          `(ii) the time required by the program;

          `(iii) the level of responsibility expected of the prisoner with respect to the program;

          `(iv) the rehabilitative benefits the program provides the prisoner; and

          `(v) the benefits the program provides the Bureau of Prisons.

        `(C) AVAILABILITY TO PRISONERS- The Director of the Bureau of Prisons shall make the policy applicable to credit awarded under this subsection available for each prisoner to review prior to that prisoner's participation in any designated program.

      `(4) ELIGIBILITY- Any person sentenced to a term of imprisonment under custody of the Attorney General, whether sentenced or convicted prior to or after November 1, 1987, shall be eligible for the credits described in this subsection.

      `(5) DESIGNATED PROGRAM- The term `designated program' means a program which has been designated by the Director of the Bureau of Prisons as a program which benefits either prisoners or the Bureau of Prisons, including--

        `(A) educational and vocational programs, such as courses and programs through which a prisoner may earn a high school diploma or an equivalent degree or certification through an accredited vocational training program, college, or university;

        `(B) treatment programs, such as interventional rehabilitation programs, including mental health and drug abuse programs; and

        `(C) assigned work and developmental programs.'.

    (b) Prisoners Transferred From Foreign Countries to the Custody of the Attorney General-

      (1) IN GENERAL- The second sentence of section 4105(c)(1) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting `and for participation in designated programs under section 3624(c)' after `satisfactory behavior'.

      (2) CONFORMING AMENDMENTS- Section 4105(c) of title 18, United States Code, is amended--

        (A) by striking `at the rate provided in section 3624(b)' each place it appears and inserting `at the rates provided in sections 3624 (b) and (c)'; and

        (B) in paragraph (3), by striking `section 3624(b)' and inserting `sections 3624 (b) and (c)'.

    (c) Conforming Amendments-

      (1) TITLE 18- Section 3603(6) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by striking `3624(c)' and inserting `3624(d)'.

      (2) TITLE 28- Section 994(a)(2)(F) of title 28, United States Code, is amended by striking `3624(c)' and inserting `3624(d)'.

SEC. 3. GOOD TIME CREDIT.

    (a) In General- Section 3624(b)(1) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by striking `, beyond the time served, of up to 54 days at the end of each year of the prisoner's term of imprisonment, beginning at the end of the first year of the term,' and inserting `of up to 54 days for each year of the prisoner's sentence imposed by the court,'.

    (b) Restoration of Credit- Section 3624(b)(1) is amended by striking the sentence beginning `Credit that has not been earned' and inserting `The Bureau may subsequently restore any or all credit previously denied, based on the prisoner's maintaining good behavior as determined by the Bureau.'.

    (c) Applicability- The amendments made by this section apply with respect to each prison sentence that has not been completed before the effective date of this Act, except any sentence imposed before November 1, 1987.

SEC. 4. EFFECTIVE DATE.

    This Act and the amendments made by this Act shall take effect upon the expiration of the 90-day period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act.

END


 

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