Despite after decades of demanding criminals be allowed to roam free in America, Al Sharpton and other race-baiting Democrats were silent after a House panel on Wednesday approved a new prison reform bill being pushed by the White House.
The bill, called the First Step Act, seeks to offer more funding for prison programs in an attempt to reduce an inmate’s likelihood to re-offend after they’ve been released.
The House Judiciary Committee approved the bill, the Hill reports, by a 25-5 vote, that Reps. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) spent the last week negotiating after committee Democrats pushed back against a number of conservative provisions.
In the legislation now advancing to the House, lawmakers removed language that would have allowed certain law enforcement officials and correctional officers to carry a concealed firearm in all 50 states and created more opportunities for prisoners to earn time credits by completing prison programs. They can then use those credits to serve the remaining days of their sentence in a halfway house or home confinement.
The bill, which authorizes $50 million a year for five years for the Bureau of Prisons to spend on programs like job training and education that reduce recidivism, clarifies current law to allow prisoners up to 54 days of credit for good behavior annually. The law was previously interpreted as only allowing prisoners to earn 47 days a year.
The previous bill, known as the Prison Reform and Redemption Act, and the current compromise, however, have divided Democrats and Marxist groups.
While #cut50, a criminal justice reform advocacy group led by openly Communist Van Jones, the CNN host and former adviser to President Obama, is now backing the new bill, the measure is still opposed by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 73 other groups.
Democrats and Communist groups, in an attempt to allow criminals to haunt the streets to assist in their desire to ban all firearms, argue the criminal justice reform bill should include provisions that reduce mandatory minimum prison sentences.
Rep. Jerry Nadler (Democrat-Communist-N.Y.), the committee’s ranking member, said the bill is well-intentioned but the committee should be working on legislation that includes sentencing reform.
He offered a motion to postpone the markup by one month to give committee members time to negotiate and markup sentencing reform legislation.
“When this committee began the effort to examine the problem of over-criminalization and mass incarceration six years ago members on both sides of the aisle quickly realized the root of the problem was excessive sentencing in general and mandatory minimums in particular,” Nadler said.
“Last Congress members approved sentencing reform as part of a package of criminal justice reform, unfortunately this Congress our sentencing reform efforts have lagged as the majority has delayed in engaging in substantive negotiations on sentencing reform with Democratic members.”
Collins agreed that he would like to see sentencing reform, but said the bill has reached its peak in the political negotiations and now needs to move forward to help people.
“I agree with the gentleman, I would like to see sentencing reform move but also I’m looking at this from a practical purpose of looking at families and saying let’s help them now,” he said.
Nadler’s motion was then voted down by the committee.
Progressives (Communists) were able to win language prohibiting female prisoners from being shackled during pregnancy, childbirth and up to 12 weeks after a baby is born.
But the committee voted down an amendment Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (Democrat-Communist-Texas) offered to create a pilot program in federal prisons to allow female inmates who give birth while behind bars to live with their child in a prison housing unit until the child is two-and-a-half years old.
The committee, however, approved an amendment from Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) to expand a pilot youth mentorship program and a pilot program that gives prisoners the skills to train rescue and abandoned dogs. The bill would take the programs from two years in 10 facilities to five years in at least 20 facilities.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) also had an amendment approved that would prevent faith-based organizations that want to offer prison programming from being discriminated against.
A bipartisan amendment from Rep. Cedric Richmond (Democrat-Communist-La.), Collins, Jackson Lee, Jeffries and Val Demings (Democrat-Communist-Fla.) was also approved to clarify that the legislative fix, which makes prisoners eligible for 54 days of good time instead of 47, applies to prisoners already serving sentences.
Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Sheldon Whitehouse (Democrat-Communist-R.I.) have a companion bill in the Senate.
Collins said he’s confident there’s enough Democrat-Communist support to get the bill through the House and the Senate.
“They have their own process to go through. There may be some issues that we can then work on later, but I do feel this is one of the pieces of legislation that will be signed into law this year,” he said.
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May 9th, 2018