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 )

Monday, August 06, 2007

FedCURE News and Legislative Updates 2007

The CURE: America's Ailing Federal Criminal Justice System

FedCURE is the world's leading advocate for America's, ever growing, federal inmate population which is approaching 200,000 people. We are working with members of Congress to reinstate parole; increase good time allowances; provide for compassionate releases; restore PELL grants; and opportunities for successful reentry into the community, for all federal offenders; and promote a system that incarcerates fewer people and provides humane conditions for those who are incarcerated or under post-incarceration supervision via parole or supervised release. Over 45,000 people were released from federal prison last year.

FedCURE's lifetime member and PBS film producer and Soros Justice Media Fellowship candidate, Allan Mason and BNNreports.com (Broadcast Network News) are documenting FedCURE's activities for inclusion in the production of a one-hour special news documentary film titled, The CURE: America's Ailing Federal Criminal Justice System (suitable for Frontline, NOW, or an independent special report for the Public Broadcasting System and their affiliates). Perhaps we may be able to collaborate in some manner.

The film would examine the ailing federal criminal justice system in the United States and the impact of two pieces of proposed federal legislation that would reduce federal prisons sentences and provide for tax payer relief by enacting smart legislation that would revive the system of parole for federal prisoners; and reduce run-a-way recidivism rates by enacting smart legislation such as "The Second Chance Act," reauthorizing the grant program of the Department of Justice for re-entry of offenders into the community, to establish a task force on Federal programs and activities relating to the re-entry of offenders into the community, and for other purposes. See H.R. 3072, H.R. 1593 and S. 1060, respectively. We are seeking partners and funding for this film and to produce short VNR's for our upcoming legislative campaigns to promote FedCURE's legislative initiatives.

Federal Parole:

Congress abandon parole for all federal offenses committed after 01 November 1987. FedCURE co-authored the last two federal parole bills, in the 108th and 109th Congress, with Rep. Danny Davis (D-ILL) seeking to revive the system of parole for all federal offenders. This year FedCURE drafted a new federal parole bill for Rep. Davis and to float around to other members of Congress who may want introduce the bill in this Congress. The bill is titled as The Criminal Justice Tax Relief Act of 2007 (CJTRA). The bill is estimated to save the taxpayers 4 to 7 billion dollars annually and 80 to 140 billion dollars over a twenty-year period. FedCURE is waiting for Rep. Davis to sign off on the CJTRA.

The CJTRA, would, inter alia:

  • Reinstate the old parole statutes and make amendments thereto.
  • Make all offenders eligible for parole.
  • Increase good time allowances.
  • Give jurisdiction to the United States Parole Commission to set release dates in accordance with applicable parole guidelines or the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, whichever is lowest.
  • Provide for reduction in term of imprisonment of elderly offenders.
  • Clarify parole procedures.
  • Provide post incarceration supervision.
  • Apply prospectively and retroactively.
  • Extend the life of the United States Parole Commission for twenty years.

The Second Chance Act:

The Second Chance Act of 2007 was introduced in the 110th Congress, also by Rep. Davis, 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 out of committee. Sen. Bidden introduced S. 1060, an identical bill, in the Senate on 29 March 2007. On 02 August 2007 The Second Chance Act passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Unanimously! Both bills now go to the full House and Senate for a vote. If passed, President Bush will have to sign the final bill into law. Gene Guerrero, Director of The Open Society Institute/Open Society Policy Center (SOROS) is the lead lobbying effort behind this legislation.

The Second Chance Act of 2007 authorizes $192 million annually and would:

  • Reauthorizes and makes improvements to existing State and local government offender reentry program. The bill authorizes $50 million annually for the Department of Justice, State and local grant program, increasing authorization levels, incorporating best practices from the reentry field, and requiring the measuring and reporting of performance outcomes.
  • Authorizes new competitive grants for innovative programs to reduce recidivism. The bill authorizes $130 million each year in grants for State and local governments and public and private entities to develop and implement comprehensive substance abuse treatment programs, academic and vocational education programs, and housing and job counseling programs, and mentoring for offenders who are approaching release and who have been released. The bill requires grantees to establish performance goals and benchmarks and report performance outcomes to Congress.
  • Strengthens the Bureau of Prisons ability to provide reentry services to federal prisoners. The bill authorizes funds to improve federal offender reentry services and to establish an elderly non-violent offender pilot program.
  • Authorizes grants for research and best practices. The bill authorizes additional funds for research on innovative drug treatment methods, causes of recidivism, and methods to improve education and vocational training during incarceration and for the development of best practices.

If you are interested in collaborating in some manner and would like to discuss this in more detail, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Links to Bills:

H.R. 3072: http://www.fedcure.org/information/HR3072-IH-FullText-FedCURE.shtml
H.R. 1593: http://www.fedcure.org/information/HR1593.shtml
S. 1060: http://www.fedcure.org/information/S.1060.shtml
BNN: http://www.bnnreports.com/fedcure

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