FedCURE News: Federal Parole & Re-entry Legislation

Legislation to establish a hybrid system of parole and good time allowances; and provide reentry opportunities for federal offenders.

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FedCURE is the world's leading advocate for America's, ever growing, federal inmate population. Collectively, five of FedCURE's 14 board members have over 50 years of in prison experience--behind the fence--as former federal inmates. Each holding J.D.'s, two holding LL.M's and two holding Ph. D's. Our lifetime members include the best criminal attorneys in the United States. (http://www.FedCURE.org) FedCURE is a non-profit organization and the Federal Chapter of Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE), founded over 45 years ago. ( http://www.curenational.org )

Saturday, May 05, 2007

FedCURE NEWS and Legislative Updates

The last day of 109th U.S. Congress was Saturday, 09 December 2006. Despite our best efforts H.R. 3072 (Federal Parole) and H.R. 1704/S.1934 (The Second Chance Act) failed to pass. These bills will have to be re-introduced during the 110th Congress which convened 04 January 2007. The new Congress has huge implications for FedCURE and its two legislative initiatives: H.R. 3072 and H.R. 1704/S. 1934. With the Democrats in control of the Judiciary Committee agenda FedCURE is hopeful that we can get hearings on the new bills.

Federal Parole and Re-entry Legislation for the 110th Congress

The parole bill will take a new form this year and will have a new number. FedCURE traveled to Washington, D.C., to work on it with Rep. Davis' office on 18-19 April 2007. A bill is expected to be introduced in May 2007.

The Second Chance Act of 2007 was introduced in the 110th Congress on 20 March 2007 as H.R. 1593. Just a week after the re-introduction of the bill, 28 March 2007, members of the House Judiciary Committee passed H.R. 1593, the Second Chance Act of 2007. The bill will now be sent to the House floor for consideration, which sponsors say will take place in mid-April. During the mark-up of the bill, members voted down several amendments that would have jeopardized the bipartisan support for the bill. Sen. Bidden introduced S.1060, an identical bill, in the Senate on 29 March 2007. See: http://www.fedcure.org/information/Legislation.shtml.
H.R. 261 and 623 are still in committee and have not been marked up for hearings.

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