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    Sheila Jackson Lee
    [D, TX]

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    1/3/2013--Introduced.Federal Prison Bureau Nonviolent Offender Relief Act of 2013 - Amends the federal criminal code to direct the Bureau of Prisons, pursuant to a good time policy, to...

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1/3/2013--Introduced.Federal Prison Bureau Nonviolent Offender Relief Act of 2013 - Amends the federal criminal code to direct the Bureau of Prisons, pursuant to a good time policy, to... Read More

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This resolution was assigned to a congressional committee on Jan 3, 2013, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole. The majority of bills never make it past this point.

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A BILL

To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide an alternate release date for certain nonviolent offenders, 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 ``Federal Prison Bureau Nonviolent Offender Relief Act of 2013''.

SEC. 2. EARLY RELEASE FOR CERTAIN NONVIOLENT OFFENDERS.

(a) In General.--Section 3624 of title 18, United States Code, is amended-- (1) in subsection (a), by inserting ``at the early release date provided in subsection (g), if applicable, or otherwise'' after ``A prisoner shall be released by the Bureau of Prisons''; and (2) by adding at the end the following: ``(g) Early Release for Certain Nonviolent Offenders.-- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Bureau of Prisons, pursuant to a good time policy, shall release from confinement a prisoner who has served one half or more of his term of imprisonment (including any consecutive term or terms of imprisonment) if that prisoner-- ``(1) has attained the age of 45 years; ``(2) has never been convicted of a crime of violence; and ``(3) has not engaged in any violation, involving violent conduct, of institutional disciplinary regulations.''. <all>

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We are pleased to support Rep. Jackson's reintroduction of H.R. 223 (112th), as H.R. 62 ~ The Federal Prison Bureau Nonviolent Offender Relief Act of 2013 (113th). Also see Mrs. Jackson's video: FedCURE-3 | Second Look | Panel Three: Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D. TX) | Disparity between Crack and Powder Cocaine. http://youtu.be/lqG28gldGa4 |-|-| FedCURE Call-2-Action |-|-| Tool Kit: Support The BARBER Amendment - Federal Good Time Bill: 1. Sign Petition to President & Congress on CHANGE: http://chn.ge/hNgMRF 2. Support & Comment To Congress on POPVOX: http://pvox.co.../JaNx5Y 3. CONTACT CONGRESS @ FedCURE: http://www.fedcure.org/SecondLook.shtml (c) www.FedCURE.org 2010-2013. All Rights Reserved.

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I am writing to ask you to cosponsor H.R. 62, the Federal Prison Bureau Nonviolent Offender Relief Act of 2013. This important legislation, introduced by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, would allow nonviolent federal prisoners over age 45 to earn more time off their sentences for following prison rules and rehabilitating themselves. Currently, federal prisoners can only receive 47 days of so-called "good time credit" each year. This contributes to the overcrowded conditions in our federal prisons, high costs for taxpayers, and unsafe conditions for both prisoners and guards. Every year, the federal prison population and its budget keep growing. H.R. 62 is a creative and thoughtful first step to alleviating this unsustainable prison growth. Earning time off for good behavior is one of the only ways prisoners can reduce their sentences. Half of the federal prison population is serving lengthy sentences for drug offenses, and most of them are nonviolent. H.R. 62 would provide nonviolent federal offenders with even greater incentives to obey rules and prepare for a law-abiding life back in the community. This is a smart approach to reducing our prison population and increasing public safety. http://capwiz.com/famm/issues/alert/?alertid=62416681

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I support The Federal Prison Bureau Nonviolent Offender Relief Act because...not all crimes should be cut and dried. These are people, not statistics and should be treated independently for the crime and not categorized under a blanket rule.

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Anonymous893950
WY-0
1 month ago 0 Appreciate

I am a concerned citizen who supports hr 62 because I believe it would help solve the problems of overcrowding in prisons. I also believe it could help the community by allowing non violent first time offenders to give back to their families or society through volunteering or other appropriate services. Thank you for your time.

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Searchingforjustice
MN-3
1 month ago 0 Appreciate

I support The Federal Prison Bureau Nonviolent Offender Relief Act because...after witnessing the effects of incarceration for these types of crimes, especially of those who fit the criteria of the proposed bill, it just seems more beneficial to get to the root of the problem rather than break apart families just to satisfy a prosecutors notch in his belt over some inexperienced public defender... THAT Sir's is the real crime !

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supporthr62
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2 months ago 0 Appreciate

I support The Federal Prison Bureau Nonviolent Offender Relief Act because...when someone is convicted of a crime that didn't involve violence get super impossed jail time when someone who has commited murder or something else get off with only a couple of years or get off completly. prison is supossed to be for hardened crimanals who need to be away from society so that they can pay for their crimes.someone who ownes a pain clinic that is run by the bookget more time than the dr that wrote the scripts is insane. thank you

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jeanssister
KY-5
2 months ago 0 Appreciate

I support The Federal Prison Bureau Nonviolent Offender Relief Act because... The justice/political system is far too easy to abuse and I'm afraid that it gets taken advantage of far too often. Too much unlawful injustice takes place in the court systems. Innocent people, such as Kent Hovind, get convicted and issued punishments which are greatly exceeding any necessary corrective action. It is also because of this judicial corruption that the Government has to spend so much of taxpayers dollars to support those "non-violent criminals" in prison. It is my humble opinion that they should be released being a dependent of the prison system and allowed to invest/contribute their hard work and innovation back into their economy. Please look within yourself and discern the truth when it comes to determining the fate of the innocent. If it is your intention to have integrity then do the right thing and, not only free Kent Hovind along with several other innocent people who are serving undeserving sentences, but reimburse them for all of the wasted time they have spent behind bars... for the years lost that they could have been prospering within their livelihood and finances, contributing to the morale/ethical health of society. I'm asking you today, please do the right thing. Thanks :)

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Palahume
TX-19
2 months ago 0 Appreciate

I support The Federal Prison Bureau Nonviolent Offender Relief Act because my friend and mentor Kent Hovind was targeted and imprisoned wrongfully and has been fighting for his freedom for almost 8 years. His only crime was that he was not afraid to speak the truth. Incarceration under direction of BOP for non-violent crime is not conductive to rehabilitation even in the cases where drugs or theft are the offenses. Prisoners are being used to make a profit. Programs are designed to treat inmates like lifetime criminals instead of preparing them for success in society.

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TrevorandAngelaRyks
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I oppose The Federal Prison Bureau Nonviolent Offender Relief Act because...the person made a choice to break the law they should do the time.

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WaTT
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2 months ago 0 Appreciate

I oppose H.R. 62: Federal Prison Bureau Nonviolent Offender Relief Act of 2013 because it makes more sense to defer to the original judge and jury, who are familiar with the case. They obviously believed the person was guilty and should serve his/her sentence for the mandated full time. If there are extenuating circumstances, they can be handled on a case-by-case basis rather than having a blanket release mechanism. Vote NO on H.R. 62. Thank you.

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Ruth
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1 year ago 0 Appreciate

I oppose H.R. 62: Federal Prison Bureau Nonviolent Offender Relief Act of 2013 because...federal prison is already a bird's nest on the ground.If you don't want to do the time, don't do the crime. How else are they going to learn.

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Anonymous139714
TX-13
1 year ago 0 Appreciate

I oppose H.R. 62: Federal Prison Bureau Nonviolent Offender Relief Act of 2013 because if someone was sentenced to a specific period, that is what they should serve. If the person is non-violent maybe there should be alternative ways to finish a sentence, but earlier release is less of a deterrent for recidivism.

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Wes41
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1 year ago 0 Appreciate

I oppose H.R. 62: Federal Prison Bureau Nonviolent Offender Relief Act of 2013 because if someone was sentenced to a specific period, that is what they should serve. If the person is non-violent maybe there should be alternative ways to finish a sentence, but earlier release is less of a deterrent for recidivism.

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MaggieW5209
TN-2
1 year ago 0 Appreciate

I oppose H.R. 62: Federal Prison Bureau Nonviolent Offender Relief Act of 2013 because the original judge and jury should have given them half the sentence if that is what they deserved. To come along after the fact and let some criminals out is not justice it is cost savings due to bad policy.

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reefmarker
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Bill Summary

1/3/2013--Introduced.Federal Prison Bureau Nonviolent Offender Relief Act of 2013 - Amends the federal criminal code to direct the Bureau of Prisons, pursuant to a good time policy, to release a prisoner who has served one half or more of his or her term of imprisonment if that prisoner: (1) has attained age 45; (2) has never been convicted of a crime of violence; and (3) has not engaged in any violation, involving violent conduct, of institutional disciplinary regulations.

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