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FedCURE is urging Members of Congress to pass the BARBER AMENDMENT because we almost 219,000 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 offenders. There is no parole.
FedCURE's "Idea to Increase Federal Good Time Allowances" won in the "Top 10 Ideas for Change in America for 2010"). 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."
GAO reports that a 10% reduction in the federal prison population would save $660 million a year - FedCURE estimates the number is over $1.2 billion dollars a year. GAO also reported that home confinement would be half the cost of incarceration or half way house (RRC). See the video [19:04-19:52] here: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/25878123
A half a century ago, our miss-guided political system attacked America and declared, what is now undoubtedly deemed, the failed "War on Drugs." The attack has gone on for 42 years, cost over $2.5 trillion dollars, tallied up 45 million arrests and insurmountable collateral damages to society. America is not now and never will be drug free. It is time to declare a truce.
While our President and our politicians talk about how to end the "War on Drugs," most of the 7.8 million American's languishing in prisons or on some type of government supervision are non-violent drug offenders. The lost lives and collateral damages are no longer acceptable for political gain rather then for public good.
| 'Congressional Research Service' 2013 Report |
Recommends Increasing Good Time Credits and Reinstating Parole for Federal Offenders.
FedCURE Special Report: Alleluia! After more then twenty-five years of campaigning for federal criminal justice reforms, to reduce the federal prison population, comes an historic, ground-breaking 2013 report, from of all places the Congressional Research Service (CRS) * titled, "The Federal Prison Population Buildup: Overview, Policy Changes, Issues, and Options." The report documents the United States' "historically unprecedented increase in the federal prison population." It supports the long held view by many, including FedCURE, its members, partners, fellow advocate organizations, former and current members of Congress, high level government officials, the nations most respected, independent nonpartisan think tanks, prominent scholars, criminal justice professionals and an overwhelming majority of the public, that Congress cannot build its way out of the mass incarceration dilemma it now faces, because of a failed criminal justice policy; and recommends Congress "changing or reversing some of the policies that have been put into place over the years which contributed to the increasing number of federal prison inmates," inter alia, increasing good time and reinstating parole. The BARBER AMENDMENT, a simple two sentence undisruptive statutory amendment, genuinely accomplishes these ends, with out disrupting release or reentry processes and public safety, by restoring--rolling back--federal good time allowances to pre-1987 levels. Virtually, BARBER is a $1.2 billion dollar annual austerity sentencing bill.
While elaborating on "several options Congress could consider if policymakers wanted to expand early release options for federal inmates, including (1) reinstating parole, (2) expanding good time credits, and (3) expanding the conditions under which courts could reduce sentences pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §3582(c)(1)(A)," it is abundantly clear that the report concludes, inter alia, that the way out of the dilemma--to reduce the growth of the federal prison population--is for Congress to employ "Early Release Measures." These measures include "(1) modifying mandatory minimum penalties, (2) expanding the use of Residential Reentry Centers, (3) placing more offenders on probation, (4) reinstating parole for federal inmates, (5) expanding the amount of good time credit an inmate can earn, and (6) repealing federal criminal statutes for some offenses." BRAVO!
Moreover, according to the report and righteously so, " Congress might also consider changing or reversing some of the policies that have been put into place over the years which contributed to the increasing number of federal prison inmates. Some of these options include placing some inmates in alternatives to incarceration, such as probation, or expanding early release options by allowing inmates to earn more good time credit or allowing inmates to be placed on parole once again. Congress could consider reducing the amount of time inmates are incarcerated in federal prisons by limiting the number of crimes subject to mandatory minimum penalties or reducing the length of the mandatory minimum sentence. Finally, policymakers could consider allowing states to investigate and prosecute offenses that have become subject to federal jurisdiction over the past three decades" Id., at p. 57.
Full Report, 60 pg. PDF (indexed to highlighted sections) available at: http://www.fedcure.org/documents/CRS_FederalPrisonPopulationBuildup_R42937-220113fc.pdf
Note: Special thanks to Nathan James, email@example.com, for this report. The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is an arm of the Library of Congress devoted to providing for Congress research and analysis on legislative issues. In addition to meeting with Congressional members and staffers, CRS releases reports and issue briefs for members of Congress. These reports and issue briefs are made available to Congress through a web site that is not available to the general public. The CRS strongly believes that its sole purpose is to directly serve Congress and not the public. https://opencrs.com/faq/
The President and Members of Congress must work across the isle, side-by-side, on bipartisan legislation to end the "War On Drugs." They must rely on the data mining findings of criminal justice records from the last three decades, conducted by the nation's top criminal justice professionals, reform advocates, NGO's, government and policy makers, that have established the very best evidence based practices the country has ever known; clearly defining what works and what does not work in criminal justice. FedCURE is calling on the President and Members of Congress to enact the BARBER AMENDMENT ~ a proposed bill to increase federal good time allowances ~ to safely reduce the federal prison population by at least 10% at a cost saving's of $1.2 billion dollars annually.
The "War on Drugs" was launched in 1970, by the 91st Congress, with Public Law 91-513, on which President Nixon successfully branded drug addicts as criminals. However, to his credit and not to be overlooked, a whopping two-thirds of Nixon's crime budget went for treatment & rehabilitation. The budget for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, alone, is $6.7 billion dollars for FY 2013.
America is the World's Mass Incarcerator because of the "War on Drugs." No doubt about it. "The Growing Inmate Crowding [in the Federal Bureau of Prisons] Negatively Affects Inmates, Staff, and Infrastructure." The crowding is so severe and so dangerous that the GAO has sounded the alarms. In its recently released detailed report and recommendations on the state of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (GAO-12-743), inter alia, GAO says the matter is only to get worse and something has to be done; and now!
A copy of the report and its recommendations can be found here: http://www.fedcure.org/documents/GAO-12-743-BOP-Crowding.pdf.
A GAO/FedCURE live video chat on GAO-12-743 streams below and can also be found here: See the video [19:04-19:52] here: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/25878123.
New Film: 'Breaking The Taboo ~ What will it take to end the war on drugs?' Featuring prominent statesmen including Presidents Clinton and Carter. Narrated by Morgan Freeman (English version) & Gael Garcia Bernal (Spanish version). 58 minutes: http://www.youtube.com/user/breakingthetaboofilm
We can and must do better.
Vote for the BARBER AMENDMENT.
Of the 219,000 people in federal prison, 50% could be eligible for release under BARBER.
Contact Us: http://www.fedcure.org/contact.shtml
Thank You for Your Support,
Mark A. Varca, J.D., Chairman,
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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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