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Legislation - 113th U.S. Congress

Over-criminalization is an issue of liberty.

As federal criminal laws and regulations have increased, so has the number of Americans who have found themselves breaking the law with no intent of doing so.
Americans who make innocent mistakes should not be charged with criminal offenses.
 
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.)
Over-Criminalization [bi-partisan] Task Force of 2013

|-|-| BARBER AMENDMENT PETITION |-|-|
 
BARBER AMENDMENT IS CURE ~ Dangerously Over Crowded Federal Prison System
 
Despite a ten year build out, increased double bunking and triple bunking, since 2003, the overcrowding rate hovers at 38%. The federal prison population was 165,000 in January 2003. May 2013, it is hovering at 218,500. America cannot build its way out of crowding. BARBER to S.619 and H.R.1695, retroactively, is CURE. $1.2 billion Incarceration dollars shift to $1.2 billion Re-Entry dollars.
 
 
 
 


H. R. 2371 ~ Prisoner Incentive Act of 2013

H.R.2371 ~ `Prisoner Incentive Act of 2013' ~ offered by Rep. Scott, amends the good time statutes to: sentence imposed vs term of imprisonment and is retroactive. It is the BARBER AMENDMENT, but 54 days instead of 128 days a year in good time allowances. While FedCURE supports H.R. 2371, because it makes the BARBER fix, we seek to amend H.R.2371 by increasing the days from 54 to 128. Whereas, another bill, the "Public Safety Enhancement Act of 2013," in draft, by Reps. Chaffetz/Scott, seeks to reinvent the wheel with what FedCURE, Public Defenders and the vast majority advocates believe is totally undoable. In the end, we believe that measures like BARBER and or H.R. 2371 are Congresses' only way out.

H. R. 2371 ~  `Prisoner Incentive Act of 2013.
Latest Title:
Prisoner Incentive Act of 2013
Sponsor: Rep Scott, Robert C. "Bobby" [VA-3] (introduced 6/13/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Latest Major Action: 6/13/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
 

S.1231 ~  Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2011 | Bill Will Be Reintroduced in 113th | Act Now!
 
Latest Title: Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2011
Sponsor: Sen Leahy, Patrick J. [VT] (introduced 6/20/2011)      Cosponsors (9)
Latest Major Actions: 6/20/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
New version, with "54 days good time off sentence imposed" approved by the Committee on 21 July 2011. ~ ACT NOW!

SUPPORT S.1231 - SEND A LETTER TO CONGRESS.


Latest Title: Federal Prison Bureau Nonviolent Offender Relief Act of 2013
Sponsor: Rep Jackson Lee, Sheila [TX-18] (introduced 1/3/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 1/3/2013 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.





Legislation - 112th U.S. Congress

NOTE: None of the bills below passed the 112th. All will have to be reintroduced in the 113th Congress

 
FedCURE Report: State of Reduction In Sentence Initiatives For Federal Offenders

Increased Good Conduct Time | Special Programming Credits | Elderly Release | Compassionate Release Program

Report Issued: 14 May 2012


Second Session 03 January 2012
 
SECOND LOOK:  Introducing The Sentencing Reform Act of 2011 ~ A Bill to establish a hybrid system of parole, increased good time allowances and reentry opportunities; repeal mandatory sentencing; and establish a 1 to 1 sentencing ratio for crack and powder cocaine for federal offenders.  
 
FedCURE NEWS Special Video Presentation:  http://www.fedcure.org/SecondLook.shtml
 
Note:   The Sentencing Reform Act of 2011 has not been introduced.  FedCURE is seeking bipartisan support for the bill in the 112th Congress. 
 
BARBER AMENDMENT:  A bill to amend Title 18 U.S.C. Section 3624(b)(1) as follows:  by striking the number "54" in the first sentence as it appears and inserting in lieu thereof the number "128"; and in the same sentence, by striking "prisoner's term of imprisonment"  and inserting in lieu thereof  "sentence imposed" . This Amendment is retroactive. [END].
 
Note:   The Barber Amendment  has not been introduced.  FedCURE is seeking bipartisan support for the bill in the 112th Congress.



S.1231 ~  Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2011
 

Latest Title: Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2011
Sponsor: Sen Leahy, Patrick J. [VT] (introduced 6/20/2011)      Cosponsors (2)
Latest Major Action: 6/20/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary



S.306 ~  National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2011
 
 

Latest Title: National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2011
Sponsor: Sen Webb, Jim [VA] (introduced 2/8/2011) Cosponsors (30)
Latest Major Action: 2/8/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.



 
Latest Title: Federal Prison Bureau Nonviolent Offender Relief Act of 2011
Sponsor: Rep Jackson Lee, Sheila [TX-18] (introduced 1/7/2011)      Cosponsors (1)
Latest Major Action: 1/24/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.


 
H.R.  2343 - Literacy, Education, and Rehabilitation Act (LERA), currently in Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, which would amend Section 3624 of title 18, United States Code, to, inter alia:
    • Increase good time to 54 days for each year of the prisoner's sentence imposed by the court; and
    • 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 a year.
 
 
 
 
 
Previous Legislation - 111th U.S. Congress
 
Second Session 06 January 2010
First Session 05 January 2009

 

 


(A Bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to restore the former system of good time allowances toward service of Federal prison terms, and for other purposes).  Introduced in the House by Rep. Danny K. Davis (D. ILL) 12 March 2009.

 


 

T  H.R.4685 ~ United States Parole Commission Authorization Act of 2010


(A Bill to provide for the permanent existence of the United States Parole Commission). Sponsor: Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes [DC] (introduced 2/24/2010)    

 

                        (House Version H.R. 5143 Passed)

 

(A bill to establish the National Criminal Justice Commission).  Introduced by Senator Webb on 26 March 2009.



Title: National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2010
Sponsor:
Rep Delahunt, Bill [MA-10] (introduced 4/27/2010)      Cosponsors (27)
Related Bills:
S.714
Latest Major Action: 6/15/2010 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.  07/27/2010 House of Representatives passed legislation.

 


 


(A Bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to provide an alternate release date for certain nonviolent offenders, and for other purposes.   Rep Jackson-Lee, Sheila [TX-18] (introduced 1/6/2009).



(Title: To require non-Federal prisons and correctional facilities holding Federal prisoners under a contract with the Federal Government to make the same information available to the public that Federal prisons and correctional facilities are required to make available). Rep Jackson-Lee, Sheila [TX-18] (introduced 5/15/2009)


 
~ Legislation to Amend the Disparity Between Crack Cocaine Ratio and Powder Cocaine ~
 
T S.1789 -- Fair Sentencing Act of 2010  [Crack Cocaine 18 to 1 Ratio - Not Retroactive]

Sponsor: Sen Durbin, Richard [IL] (introduced 10/15/2009)      Cosponsors (23)
Related Bills: H.R.265
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2010 Presented to President. Bill signed into law by President on:  03 August 2010.

~ Other Cocaine Bills Pending in Congress ~
1. [111st] H.R.18
 
To amend the Controlled Substances Act and the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act with respect to penalties for powder cocaine and crack cocaine offenses.
Sponsor:
Rep Bartlett, Roscoe G. [MD-6] (introduced 1/6/2009)      Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Judiciary; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/21/2009 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Subcommittee Hearings Held.

2. [111st] H.R.265

To target cocaine kingpins and address sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine.
Sponsor:
Rep Jackson-Lee, Sheila [TX-18] (introduced 1/7/2009)      Cosponsors (47)
Committees: House Judiciary; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/9/2009 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.


3. [111st] H.R.1459

To amend the Controlled Substances Act and the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act regarding penalties for cocaine offenses, and for other purposes.
Sponsor:
Rep Scott, Robert C. "Bobby" [VA-3] (introduced 3/12/2009)      Cosponsors (18)
Committees: House Judiciary; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/21/2009 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Subcommittee Hearings Held.


4. [111st] H.R.2178

 

To amend the Controlled Substances Act and the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act to eliminate certain mandatory minimum penalties relating to crack cocaine offenses.
Sponsor:
Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-15] (introduced 4/29/2009)      Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Judiciary; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 6/12/2009 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.


Title: To amend title 18, United States Code, to prevent unjust and irrational criminal punishments.
Sponsor:Rep Scott, Robert C. "Bobby" [VA-3] (introduced 7/24/2009)      Cosponsors (1)
Latest Major Action: 7/27/2009 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.


 

Contact Congress

T U.S. Senators Directory

T Senate Judiciary Committee

T U.S. House Judiciary Committee

T House of Representatives Mail Labels (word.doc)

T FedCURE's Contact Congress Page



Previous Legislation - 110th U.S. Congress

Second Session - 2008

T H.R.261 - Federal Prison Bureau Nonviolent Offender Relief Act of 2007
(A Bill to provide an alternate release date for certain nonviolent offenders, and for other purposes.)

TH. R. 623 - Second Chance for Ex-Offenders Act of 2007
(A Bill To permit expungement of records of certain nonviolent criminal offenses.)

T H.R. 1593 - The Second Chance Act of 2007 - Public Law 110-199.
(A Bill to reauthorize the grant program for reentry of offenders into the community in the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, to improve reentry planning and implementation, and for other purposes. INTRODUCED 20 March 2007. PASSED Full U.S. House 13 November 2007. PASSED Full Senate 11 March 2008. Signed in to law by President Bush 09 April 2008 - P.L. 110-199.)

T S. 1060 - The Second Chance Act of 2007
(A Bill to reauthorize the grant program for reentry of offenders into the community in the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, to improve reentry planning and implementation, and for other purposes. INTRODUCED 29 March 2007. Senate ADOPTED H.R. 1593 on 11 March 2008. President Bush signed H.R.1593 in to law on 09 April 2008. See, ante.)

T H.R.4545 - Drug Sentencing Reform and Cocaine Kingpin Trafficking Act of 2007
(A Bill to target cocaine kingpins and address sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine. (13 December 2007)

TH.R. 5035 - Fairness in Cocaine Sentencing Act of 2008
(To amend the Controlled Substances Act and the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act to eliminate increased penalties for cocaine offenses where the cocaine involved is cocaine base, to eliminate minimum mandatory penalties for offenses involving cocaine, to use the resulting savings to provide drug treatment and diversion programs for cocaine users, and for other purposes. (U.S. House- 17 Januray 2008)

T  H.R. 7089 - `Federal Prison Work Incentive Act of 2008' 
(A Bill to restore the former system of good time allowances toward service of Federal prison terms, and for other purposes.  (25 September 2008)
 

Also see: Action Alert page.


Contact Congress

T U.S. Senators Directory

T Senate Judiciary Committee

T U.S. House Judiciary Committee

T House of Representatives Mail Labels (word.doc)

T FedCURE's Contact Congress Page


Previous/Pending Legislation 109th Congress
also see: Action Alert page.

 

T H. R. 3072:
FEDERAL PAROLE BILL
`A BILL To revive the system of parole for Federal prisoners.'
(Introduced in House on 27 June 2005 )
 

 

T H. R. 1704:
Second Chance Act of 2005:
`Community Safety Through Recidivism Prevention' or the
`Second Chance Act of 2005'
(Introduced in House on 19 April 2005)
 

T H. R. 662:
`Second Chance for Ex-Offenders Act of 2005'.
(Introduced in House on 08 February 2005)
 

T H. R. 663:
'Ex-Offenders Voting Rights Act of 2005'.
(Introduced in House on 18 February 2005)
 

T H. R. 256:
`Federal Prison Bureau Nonviolent Offender Relief Act of 2005'.
(Introduced in House on 06 January 2005)
 

T FedCURE Position Paper.

 


 

Previous/Pending Legislation -108th Congress
also see: Action Alert page.

 

T H.R. 5075
Re-Entry Enhancement Act
(Introduced in House on 14 September 2004)
 

T H.R. 4676
Second Chance Act of 2004
(Introduced in House on 23 June 2004)
 

T H.R. 4036
FEDERAL PAROLE BILL
A Bill To revive the system of parole for Federal prisoners.
(Introduced in House on 25 March 2004)

T H.R. 3575
Federal Prison Bureau Nonviolent Offender Relief Act of 2003 (Introduced in House)

T HR 1434 Second Chance for Ex-Offenders Act of 2003

T S 346 - Amendment to Government Procurement Procedures from FPI

T S672 - Mandatory 50 Hour Work Week for Federal Prisoners

T FedCURE's Position Paper on the Mandatory 50 Hour Work Week for Federal Prisoners

T HR 743 Social Security Amendments Denying Benefits to Certain Classes of Felons



T U.S. Senators Directory

T Senate Judiciary Committee

T U.S. House Judiciary Committee

T House of Representatives Mail Labels (word.doc)

T FedCURE's Contact Congress Page


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