FedCURE Call-2-Action: ~ Second Chance Reauthorization Act | Contact your Senators ~ Act Now! Second Chance Reauthorization Act Full Text: http://www.fedcure.org/documents/S.1231SCRA2011.shtml
Preview sections of S.1231, released to FedCURE on Monday, 13 June 2011, for reauthorization of funding for Second Chance Act, for the next five years, would have adopted the President's FY 2012 Budget proposal, to increase the current federal good time of 47 days to 54 a year. However, that is not in the current bill. Instead, there is a provision to earn credit towards a sentence up to 60 days a year for an imate who "successfully participates in a program that has been demonstrated to reduce recidivism, is eligible to earn additional credit toward satisfaction of the sentence being served by the prisoner.", but the programming is not defined. Additionally, Section 231(g), Elderly Release provisions, would have broaden the scope of inmates who qualify by reducing the age limit from 65 to 62 and the time served requirement from 75% to 65%. However, S.1231 reduces the age requirement to 60 years of age, but all other requirements under current law remain unchanged (see: FAQ).
Update on Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2011:
On 21 July 2011, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved this version of S. 1231, the Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2011, authored by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rob Portman (R-OH). The bill provides for increased good time "at the rate of 54 days per year of sentence imposed" and resources to state and local governments, as well as community-based organizations, to improve the success rates for people released from prison and jail. The committee reported out the bill on a 10 to 8 party line vote.
Committee approval is only the first step in the legislative process. The Second Chance Reauthorization Act now moves to the full Senate for consideration.
FedCURE Proposed Admendments:
FedCURE will be meeting with Sen. Portman's office and Sen. Judicary Committee members urging 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."
FedCURE's Talking Points: http://www.fedcure.org/documents/FedCURE~ProposedAmendmentsS.1232,%20SEC.%204-Sec.231(g)SCA-070711.pdf
Although, FedCURE was pushing to lower the age requirement to 45 years and the time served to 50%, it is at least a step in the right direction, while we continue to move forward with the Barber Amendment (below).
Accordingly, we ask you to contact your Senators. It is especially important for you to reach out to all Senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee and to all Republican Senators. Judiciary Committee members are: Grassley (R-IA), Hatch (R-UT), Kyl (R-AZ), Sessions (R-AL), Graham (R-SC), Cornyn (R-TX), Lee (R-UT), Coburn (R-OK), Leahy (D-VT), Kohl (D-WI), Feinstein (D-CA), Schumer (D-NY), Durbin (D-IL), Whitehouse (D-RI), Klobuchar (D-MN), Franken (D-MN), Coons (D-DE), Blumenthal (D-CT). Those underlined are especially important. Please strongly urge them to support FedCURE's amendments the Second Chance Reauthorization Act, which tweaks important sections of the Second Chance Act so its provisions can be employed in a more meaningfully way.
Please use FedCURE CONTACT CONGRESS page to contact the Senators in these states: http://www.fedcure.org/ContactCongressREP-SEN.shtml
POPVOX, Share your views with Congress: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/fedcure/scra
Sponsor: Sen. Patrick Leahy [D, VT]
A bill to reauthorize the Second Chance Act of 2007.
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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,