Category: government affairs

U.S. House Appropriations Committee Approves Commerce-Justice-Science Funding Bill

By The Council of State Governments Justice Center Staff Last week the House Appropriations Committee passed a Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) bill that includes funding for three programs in FY2020—the Second Chance Act, the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act (MIOTCRA), and the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI)—aimed at increasing public safety and reducing recidivism at …

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U.S. Senators Express Support for Key Justice Programs

By CSG Justice Center Staff Senate leaders in April took strong bipartisan action in support of three programs in FY 2020—the Second Chance Act, the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act (MIOTCRA), and the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI)—aimed at increasing public safety and reducing recidivism at the local and state levels. U.S. Senators …

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U.S. Representatives Walker and Cárdenas Introduce Resolution to Designate April 2019 as “Second Chance Month”

Office of Congressman Mark Walker U.S. Representatives Mark Walker (R-N.C.) and Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.) today introduced a resolution  expressing support for April 2019 to be recognized as Second Chance Month. A Senate companion bill is being introduced by U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio). “The American story is a history of second chances,” Walker …

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President Trump Signs First Step Act into Law, Reauthorizing Second Chance Act

By The Council of State Governments Justice Center Staff Today, President Trump signed into law bipartisan legislation to reform the federal prison system. The First Step Act, which passed the U.S. Senate 87-12 and the House 358-36, will usher in significant changes to federal sentencing laws as well as improvements to programs that aim to …

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The Council of State Governments Justice Center Commends Senate Passage of Bipartisan Criminal Justice Bill

By The Council of State Governments Justice Center Staff Megan Quattlebaum speaks to an audience of bipartisan legislators at a Second Chance Act anniversary reception in April 2018. The U.S. Senate voted yesterday to approve the landmark, bipartisan First Step Act, which makes changes to sentencing laws and provides people with the resources and tools they …

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Portman, Leahy Announce Second Chance Reauthorization Act to Help Ex-Offenders Incorporated into Criminal Justice Reform Package

Office of U.S. Senator Rob Portman U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced that their bipartisan Second Chance Reauthorization Act, has been incorporated into the First Step Act, bipartisan legislation to reform America’s criminal justice system authored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Cory …

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Portman and Leahy Introduce Second Chance Reauthorization Act to Reduce Recidivism and Help Ex-Offenders, as Congress Considers Criminal Justice Reform

Office of U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Thursday introduced their Second Chance Reauthorization Act, bipartisan legislation to reauthorize and amend the Second Chance Act, a law that supports state and local reentry programs to reduce recidivism. Then-Congressman Portman originally authored the Second Chance Act with the …

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Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill

Funding bill provides greater investment in programs that increase public safety and reduce recidivism. By CSG Justice Center Staff The Senate Appropriations Committee recently approved the fiscal year 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill, which provides $30.7 billion for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and includes $2.87 billion for various state and local …

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U.S. House Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill

Funding bill provides greater investment in programs that increase public safety and reduce recidivism. By CSG Justice Center Staff The House Appropriations Committee recently approved the fiscal year 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill on a vote of 32-19. The bill provides $30.7 billion for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and includes $2.9 …

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First Step Act Glides Through House with Bipartisan Support

Office of U.S. Congressman Doug Collins Today the House passed the FIRST STEP Act with overwhelming bipartisan support, sending the bill to the Senate. Introduced by Reps. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), the prison reform bill, which also has the support of President Donald Trump, would lower recidivism and prison populations through rehabilitative programing. …

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