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Mission: FedCURE is the world's leading advocate for America's federal inmate population. Working to establish a hybrid system of parole, increase good time allowances and reentry for all federal offenders.
FedCURE supports this needed legislation, as faith-based community organizations are best situated to provide first assistance in disater areas.
Almost 211,000 people are "Endlessly" languishing in federal prisons in the U.S. The average age is 38 years old. Most are serving long sentences, for a non-violent offense like marijuana; the majority of whom are first time non-violent offenders. There is no parole.
Whereas, 50% of the prison population can be released, under current FBOP and USPO policies and procedures, with no added risk to public safety. Saving taxpayers $3 to $4 billion dollars annually.
H.R. 223 would reduce a sentence for non-violent offneders.
Section `(g) provides: 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.'.
BeSmartOnCrime, H.R. 223 is RightOnCrime.
This mean spirited bill is essentially the nutrition title of the farm bill that failed to move forward earlier this year. However, it would cut $40 billion from federal nutrition programs, a bigger cut than what was in the earlier bill. About $20 billion would cut by narrowing eligibility for food stamps, and another $20 billion would be cut by ending eligibility for people who aren't working or looking for work.
Oppose Ban on Food Assistance for Convicted Individuals and their Families
Keep the conversation going ~ tweet: #Piss4Food
For updates and background, please see FedCURE's campaign page at: http://www.fedcure.org/HR1947.shtml. Keep the conversation going: tweet: #Piss4Food
September XX, 2013
The Honorable Frank Lucas The Honorable Debbie Stabenow
Chairman, Committee on Agriculture Chairman, Committee on Agriculture
2311 Rayburn House Office Building 133 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515 Washington, D.C. 20510
The Honorable Collin Peterson The Honorable Thad Cochran
Ranking Member, Committee on Agriculture Ranking Member, Committee on Agriculture
2109 Rayburn House Office Building 113 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515 Washington, D.C. 20510
RE: Oppose Ban on Food Assistance for Convicted Individuals and their Families
Dear Chairmen Lucas and Stabenow and Ranking Members Peterson and Cochran:
Our diverse civil and human rights, labor, and criminal justice advocacy organizations are writing in strong opposition to the Vitter Amendment to the Farm Bill, and we urge you to reject this provision in conference. The Vitter Amendment harshly punishes people who committed a single violent crime years or decades ago, complied fully with the terms of their sentence, and have been law-abiding citizens ever since. Individuals convicted of one of a number of crimes would be barred from SNAP for life. Furthermore, SNAP benefits for other members of their household, including children and seniors, would be cut dramatically.
This provision would jeopardize public safety and could lead to more crime by making it harder for formerly incarcerated individuals to safely reenter society. To enhance community safety, many states and federal agencies, including USDA and the Department of Justice, work to assist those returning from prison and jail to become productive citizens. Individuals who receive re-entry assistance, including housing and employment, are less likely to return to the criminal justice system and more likely to successfully re-integrate with their families and communities. Food assistance, in the form of SNAP, is an important component of reintegration programs. These efforts save taxpayer dollars by reducing the costs of incarceration. A permanent ban of food assistance for individuals convicted of a violent offense would undercut their rehabilitation and impose greater chances of recidivism.
The provision also penalizes the families of those with a criminal conviction in their past. Under the amendment, even though someone is prohibited from participating in SNAP, their income would be counted when calculating the amount of food assistance benefits of other household members. This can decrease a household’s SNAP benefits, increasing food insecurity for poor children and other family members.
Moreover, the Vitter Amendment would have a harsh impact on communities of color – African Americans and Latinos in particular – who are disproportionately affected by the criminal justice system. Research documents that race continues to play a role at each stage of the criminal justice system in driving unwarranted disparities.
Unlike the SNAP ban for individuals with felony drug convictions, the Vitter Amendment does not give states the option to drop the ban if they so choose. If the ban remains in the Farm Bill, States should be given the opportunity to determine if they want to implement it since they will be the entity that bears the additional costs associated with increases in crime, including law enforcement and court costs, costs to victims, and the costs of additional incarceration and supervision when the desperation that will be caused by this ban leads more individuals to recidivate.
Our organizations urge you to reject this harmful and racially discriminatory amendment so that it does not become law.
FedCURE concurs with the Honorable Arthur L. Burnett, Sr., Vice President of Administration and National Executive Director of the National African American Drug Policy Coalition, Inc., as set out below.
In my capacity as Vice President of Administration and National Executive Director of the National African American Drug Policy Coalition, Inc., I have the authority to act on this matter for the organization. We strongly oppose the Vitter Amendment and sign on to the proposed letter to the Conference Committee anticipated for the following cogent reasons:
1. Such an amendment undermines the goals and objectives of the Second Chance Act as to re-entry programs and enabling individuals to readjust and lead law abiding lives upon being release from jails and prisons.
2. It jeopardizes public safety and increases the risk of recidivism out of desperation and hunger by the persons who will be deprived of these benefits and thus add to the costs of law enforcement activities and further incarceration.
3. It would have devastating consequences on children living in the households of such individuals who will be deprived of need nourishment, and visits the "sins" of the parents on the children, leaving them mal-nourished and in poorer health conditions, at increased costs to our healthcare system.
4. Such a law will increase the disparity impact of our laws on minorities and the poor who have obtained these criminal records because of how our law enforcement and criminal justice system have operated in the past, and thus it is totally counterproductive and detrimental to the welfare of our entire society.
To the extent your letter does not explicitly state these reasons, I have no objection to you incorporating them or adding them in further representations or communications to the anticipated Conference Committee.
Arthur L. Burnett, Sr.
Judge - Retired
National Executive Director
National African American Drug Policy Coalition, Inc.
Howard University School of Law
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(202) 806-8622 or 806-8623
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Tell House Republicans: Don't cut food stamp benefits.
In June, Republicans tried to cut $20 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the program formerly known as food stamps, and failed. Any rational person would say that they went too far.
Instead, Republican leadership has doubled down on the crazy, and drafted a bill that doubles the cuts to SNAP. Republicans will likely bring the bill to the floor this week, and we cannot - we must not - let it pass. That's why I started my own campaign on CREDOMobilize.com, which allows activists to start their own petitions. My petition, which is to Republican leadership in the House of Representatives, says the following:
Hunger shouldn't be a political issue. We urge you to reject $39 billion in cuts to SNAP, and ensure that the 49 million people who are hungry in America - 17 million of whom are children - aren't left without life-saving, vital aid.
Will you join me and add your name to my petition telling House Republicans to vote down cuts to food stamps?
Earlier this year, I took the food stamp challenge for the second time, living on $31.50 for a week to bring attention to the plight of those who live on SNAP. It was an eye-opening experience that helped me better understand the struggles faced by tens of millions of American families.
Despite what some critics like to say, the Food Stamp Program is not a government handout - it is a true safety net program that provides access to food for people who cannot afford to choose between rent, medicine, child care and transportation. And it is efficient: The National Journal recently named SNAP "one of the government's top successes" and the Government Accountability Office has repeatedly reported on the successes of this important program.
According to the USDA, over 26 million people benefited from SNAP last year. Over 80% of food stamp benefits go to families with children. One in five food stamp households includes an elderly family member, and one in four includes a disabled member. Increasingly, working families must rely on food stamps to supplement their wages in low-paying jobs.
SNAP is our government’s first line of defense against hunger and malnutrition, and it should be better equipped to accomplish that task, not gutted for the sake of politics.
Add your name to my petition telling House Republicans to vote down cuts to food stamps.
Thank you for your support.
Rep. Jim McGovern
The Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2011, S.1231, 112th Cong. § 4(f) proposes to amend certain statutory provisions related to good conduct time )fro federal inmates) in 18 U.S.C. § 3624(b)(1). The bill was reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 21, 2011, and is awaiting full Senate action. Similar legislation has not yet been introduced in the House. _______________________ Highlights: _______________________ * Increase good time "at the rate of 54 days per year of sentence imposed;" _______________________ * Credit towards a sentence up to 60 days a year for an inmate who successfully participates in a program that has been demonstrated to reduce recidivism; _______________________ * Additionally, SEC. 4. FEDERAL REENTRY IMPROVEMENTS, amends Second Chance Act of 2007, Section 231(g), Elderly Release provisions, broadening the scope of inmates who qualify by reducing the age limit from 65 to 60, or 75% of (the greater) of 'imprisonment to which the offender was sentenced.' _______________________ Support S.1231: http://pvox.co/7y7eot _______________________ Pass it on! . . . Pass it On! _______________________ Many thanks for your support. FedCURE _____________________
FedCURE Proposed Admendments:
FedCURE urges Sen. Portman's office and Sen. Judiciary Committee members to adopt FedCURE's proposed amendments so that S.1231 be amended to read that: "Eligible elderly offender.-- who is not less than 60 years of age and has served the lesser of 10 years or 75 percent of the sentence imposed, excluding a sentence on 99 years or more." The provison lowers the threshold requirements of Sec. 231(g)(5)(A)(i)-(ii) of Second Chance Act.
Releasing a non-violent federal inmate 'who is not less than 60 years of age and has served the lesser of 10 years or 75 percent of the sentence imposed, excluding a sentence on 99 years or more' is both right and smart on crime.
Please see FedCURE's Talking Points: http://www.fedcure....31(g)SCA-070711.pdf
Thank you for your support,
Conspiracy laws are particularly susceptible to abuse, and convicting someone based on discussions about activity that may be criminal has very serious ramifications. Today, we are telling Congress to end drug prohibition, because the 'War on Drugs' is a War on Free Speech.
||| FedCURE call2action ||| STOP! S.1672 IS and H.R.313 EH: the `Drug Trafficking Safe Harbor Elimination Act of 2011'
These are very bad bills that must be defeated. For over 40 years 'The War on Drugs' has had cancerous effects on the Constitutional rights of every American citizen. In an act of gutlessness, the House let the measure "pass" without even a voice vote. We must defeat this bill in the Senate.
H.R. 313 and S.1672 exacerbates the current law of conspiracy (21 USC 846) by criminalizing arrangements made in the United States for drug transactions that take place completely outside this country, some of which may not even be illegal in the countries where they occur. The maximum penalties under these bills is life without parole.
Call, Fax and Write Congress. NOW!
If this does not make your hair stand up on your head, then you are not understanding that Conspiracy laws are particularly susceptible to abuse, and convicting someone based on discussions about activity that may be criminal has very serious ramifications. Today, we are telling Congress to end drug prohibition, because the 'War on Drugs' is a War on Free Speech. Read this atrocious attack on your freedom to speak:
This can mean that you could get a life sentence without parole for a unwitting act on your part. For example: You help out a friend in a foreign country to buy an airline ticket. You pay with your credit card. Unbeknown to you, your friend boards the airplane with his friend. Together, they smuggle 10 kilos of heroin in their bags. They get busted when they land in JFK. They are looking at life without parole and want to make a deal for a lesser sentence. So, your friend and his friend say the heroin was for you. Bam! You are in the conspiracy, as further evidenced by your purchasing the airfare--you are a person who aids or abets the conspiracy. Sick yet? It gets worse. Guess what? You engaged in conduct within the United States to aid or abet drug trafficking outside the United States, and still may be criminally prosecuted in the United States, as if committed within the United States.
We know that would made you sick. Get on it and contact Congress to defeat this bill:
ACTION: Contact Your Congressperson (Senate & House) NOW! Let them know that H.R. 313 and S.1672 are bad bills that must be defeated.
CONTACT CONGRESS NOW! http://www.fedcure....ngressREP-SEN.shtml
Call, Fax & Write to:
The Honorable Lamar Smith, Chairman
Committee on the Judiciary
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
2138 RHOB, Washington, DC 20515-6216
Telephone: (202) 225-3951
Fax: (202) 225-8628
All Committee Members:
The Honorable Patrick J. Leahy, Chairman
United States Senate
Committee on the Judiciary
224 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Telephone: (202) 224-7703
Fax: (202) 224-9516
All Committee Members;
ACTION ALERT: http://www.fedcure.....R.313~S.1672.shtml
Pass It On! . . . Pass It On!
FedCURE needs your support to urge The President and Members of Congress to support the BARBER Amendment, because almost 219,000 people are "endlessly" languishing in federal prisons in the U.S.; and that many can be safely released to their own homes and families, most supervised by the U.S. Probation Office. FedCURE's "Idea To Increase Federal Good Time Allowances" won in the "Top 10 Ideas for Change in America for 2010". The BARBER Amendment, a good time bill, retroactively, increases good time credits (allowances) for federal inmates from 54 days per year to 128 days per year, on "the sentence imposed." See more on the page >
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED ~ FARM BILL DEFEATED In the U.S. House in a 195-234 vote. BRAVO! Job Well Done.
Now on to the BARBER AMENDMENT.
20 June 2013/17:00
In a 195-234 vote, the FARM Bill #HR1947 was defeated in the House. BRAVO!
Just when we thought we were down after loosing on the Hudson and Reed Amendments, late last night, the entire bill has been defeated in the House.
HASH TAGS: #Piss4Food #foodstamps #farmbill #hr1947
Many kind thanks for all of your support. Job well done.
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OPPOSE U.S. Rep's. Hudson, Reed and Scott's, mean spirited, Amendments, to the "Farm Bill" - H.R. 1947.
Piss-4-Food is just plain WRONG!
PEOPLE Please: CONTACT CONGRESS NOW!
Call the Capital Switchboard to talk to your Congressperson: 1-888-891-3271 .
Tell your Congressperson to OPPOSE U.S. Rep's. Hudson, Reed and Scott's, mean spirited, Amendments to the "Farm Bill"
H.R. 1947 - Bans food assistance to certain offenders.
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OPPOSE: Cuts in the House bill ? particularly to the federal food stamp program ? have drawn complaints from Democrats. Many Republicans believe the bill still spends too much, making it unclear whether it can survive in the House. However, the Amendments below, if passed, will be a huge social disruption and have a negative impact on the people who need the assistance the most, which will only increase recidivism rates.
The only ones who win here are the people who own the drug testing enterprises: "PISS-4-FOOD."
ALL, Please OPPOSE the Amendments, to the ?Farm Bill" - H.R. 1947:
REED. AMENDMENT TO RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 113-14, H.R. 1947 FEDERAL AGRICULTURE REFORM AND RISK MANAGEMENT ACT OF 2013 OFFERED BY MR. REED OF NEW YORK:
Food and Nutrition Act, ELIGIBILITY DISQUALIFICATIONS FOR CERTAIN CONVICTED FELONS.
HUDSON. AMENDMENT TO THE RULES COMMITTEE PRINT OF H.R. 1947 OFFERED BY MR. HUDSON OF NORTH CAROLINA:
Drug testing food stamp recipients (Rep. Hudson Amendment No. 46): Would allow states to begin drug testing persons who apply or receive SNAP benefits (food stamps). The courts, for good cause, have prevented sates from imposing drug testing, but Amendment No. 46 would override the courts ban.
SCOTT. AMENDMENT TO RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 113-14, H.R. 1947 FEDERAL AGRICULTURE REFORM AND RISK MANAGEMENT ACT OF 2013 OFFERED BY MR. AUSTIN SCOTT OF GEORGIA:
Require states to deny TANF for drug felonies (Rep. Scott Amendment No. 131:
Would repeal a long standing federal law that has allowed states to opt-out of federal ban on the provision of both TANF and SNAP to persons with a drug felony conviction on their record (traditionally, the states have opted-out of the federal ban to deny assistance to persons with a drug felony conviction.. Evidence gathered under the gold standard shows that drug felons are among the most in need of food assistance).
These amendments must still be approved by the House Rules committee, so it is important you take action in opposition, today.
TAKE ACTION NOW!
Many thanks for your support in opposing these mean spirited laws.
For the 112th Congress: The BARBER Amendment, is a bill to retroactively, increases good time credits (allowances) for federal inmates, from 54 days per year to 128 days per year, computed on "the sentence imposed." Just a 10% reduction in the federal prison population would save taxpayers $1.2 billion dollars per year and release 21,000 non-violent people from prison with no risk to public safety.
Of the 211,00 people in federal prison, 50% could be eligible for release unnder Barber.
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
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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
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