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 )

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

FedCURE NEWS: Film ~ CBC Symposium, Rethinking Federal Sentencing Policy: Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Sentencing Reform Act

FedCURE is the world's leading advocate for America's, ever growing, federal inmate population. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we would like to extend an invitation to each of you to join us in our efforts to reform the federal criminal justice system in the United States. Federal CURE, Incorporated is a nonprofit organization that, inter alia, deals largely with the issues faced by federal inmates and their loved ones.

We are working 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.

Let us give you a clear picture as to how we see the current landscape of Federal Criminal Justice Reform (CJR) and what we propose by way of reforms. FedCURE handled the promotion and the five hour filming of the
CBC Symposium, Rethinking Federal Sentencing Policy: Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Sentencing Reform Act, sponsored by: Harvard and Yale Law Schools, this past 24 June, in Washington, DC and FedCURE News is producing a series of videos of the symposium to stream here on FedCURE websites and to air on PBS. The CBC was in overwhelming agreement on reforms as set out in each of the panel discussions. See: http://www.fedcure.org/documents/CBC-Symposium-240609-FedCURE_Panel-4.shtml.

While promoting FedCURE's initiatives, i.e., to establish a hybrid system of parole and good time allowances; and provide reentry opportunities for federal offenders, FedCURE is focusing on increasing Residential Reentry Center (RRC) capacity. RRC's are formerly known as half-way-house or HWH. Currently, there is no place to put anyone, if parole and good time measures were adopted, as evidenced by the choked implementation of the Second Chance Act regarding CCC placement. Of the 37,635 people in prison who qualified for RRC placement in the last year ending this March, 20% did not go to RRC.

The Second Chance Act (Public Law 110-199)

We have always known that there would be problems with the implementation of the Second Chance Act because there is not enough RRC capacity, however, we felt and still do, that it was more important to have the legislation in place as a first measure, then work on increasing RRC capacity. The bottleneck, so to speak, is that there is not enough RRC capacity to implement the SCA as written, not to mention reducing federal prison sentences by parole or increased good time allowances. FedCURE has been working behind the scenes, with top policy makers, making proposals to increase RRC capacity. Our proposal seeks to engage the nations some 8,600 faith-based and neighborhood partnership organizations (as defined by the White House Office for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, see:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog_post/working_with_faith/ to take on reentry at the point of CCC placement to increase capacity by 40-50 thousand people. If the communities do not take it on, do not take their people back, then what are we doing?

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H.R. 1475 - `Federal Prison Work Incentive Act of 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. Status: Submitted by Rep. Danny K. Davis (D. ILL) on 12 March 2009.

Action Alert: Do your part. Add this link to all our you outgoing e-mails and ask you contacts to do the same. Contact your Congressperson(s) and urge them to support this bill. Go to: FedCURE's Contact Congress Page at:

Ps. "FedCURE's 100,000 Letter Writing Campaign" produced more then 25,000 letters to the United States Sentencing Commission. Albeit, not 100k, we were heard loud and clear.

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