Should inmates be allowed a shortened or reconsidered sentence?
Awaiting Vote .
HR 3795 allows for a reconsideration of an inmate’s sentence based on certain qualifications. Those include a sentence longer than 10 years, length served no less than 10 years, if the inmate is no longer a threat to any person, and if the inmate demonstrates the ability to reenter the greater community successfully. Additional factors to be considered include the nature of the offense, the age at the time of the offense, details of juvenile cases, victim statements, and mental/physical examinations. Finally, there is a requirement of the US Sentencing Commission to submit an annual report to the Judiciary Committees of the House and the Senate detailing the amount of reductions and information about each case (nature, demographics, etc). Sponsor: Rep. Karen Bass (Democrat, California, District 37)
- Rights Groups Urge Cosponsorship of the Second Look Act (Human Rights Watch)
- James Zeigler: DC Council’s ‘second look’ sentencing efforts are thoughtful, safe and just responses to crisis of mass incarcera
- New Bill Seeks to Make Over 500 Violent Criminals (Including Many Rapists and Murderers) Immediately Eligible for Early Release
- How to End a Sentence (Washington City Paper)