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H.R. 71, The Federal Prison Bureau Nonviolent Offender Relief Act of 2015 (18 comments ↓)

H.R. 71 would amend title 18, United States Code, to provide an alternate release date for certain nonviolent offenders.

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January 13, 2015, 11:35pm (report abuse)

NO!

Do the crime!

Do The Time!

Dally

January 13, 2015, 11:37pm (report abuse)

Not just NO but HELL NO!

No early release for criminals.

Federal Correctional Officer

February 9, 2015, 9:23am (report abuse)

I am an Federal Buraeu of Prisons employee. I work everyday within the walls of the prisons surrounded by these "criminals". If you believe that an offender who spends 10 or more years in prison for crimes such as low level drug convictions or 924c gun convictions does any good - you are sadly misguided. The above statement of Do the Crime - Do the time is an ignorant statement. I would ask you what you know about these criminals and what do you know about their crimes. You are making a blanket statement for every offender. That is an ignorant statement. Each case is different. Even federal judges have acknowledged that "one size fits all" sentencing is not just. . A person who was convicted of having marajuna in his younger years should not be convicted with a prior drug conviction which sentences him/her to life in prison. This is not a "just" sentence. Yes they should do time for the crime they commit, but the time should fit the crime. Don't judge without facts!

Vote Yes

Mike B

February 9, 2015, 9:35am (report abuse)

Vote Yes !!!!!!

America's overcriminalization is outrageous. We incarcerated more people than any other country. This does not dter crime. It leaves familes without fathers and mothers. If they work to improve themselves in prison and can be productive members of society upon their release then they should be allowed to do so. Everyone deserves a second chance. Everyone makes mistakes. There are programs available to help these people once they return to society. Why not allow them to release and focus more on helping them change then on warehousing these people causing the taxpayers more and more money. Overcrowding prisons doesn't make society any safer. People can change for the better. Say yes to the bill. Help these people make better choices and show them how to be productive members of society rather than just locking them up.

Octavia

February 9, 2015, 10:20am (report abuse)

I say yes for H.R. 71, The Federal Prison Bureau Nonviolent Offender Relief Act of 2015.

I say bring back federal parole and support the Barber Ammendment !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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February 9, 2015, 12:22pm (report abuse)

These are criminals. They do not deserve anything more than being locked up.

Don't want to be in jail - Don't commit a crime.

VOTE NO!

Melinda

February 13, 2015, 8:22pm (report abuse)

To those that say vote no they are criminals, let them do the time; There are people in prison doing time for a crime that was not ever proven. I say vote yes. These people need to be home with their families. People convicted of white collar crime often times do more time in prison then someone that has killed someone.

@Melinda

February 13, 2015, 11:43pm (report abuse)

If they are in jail they were either convicted at trial or admitted to the crime. Either way they deserve to be in jail for the crime.

You silly little whine doesn't pass the smell test so go on back to your corner and be quiet.

Kathleen

April 29, 2015, 12:23am (report abuse)

Yes. This bill should be approved. America incarcerates more of its population by percentage than most other countries in the world. This costs taxpayers on a daily basis. For non-violent offenders? It doesn't make sense.

By the way, Melinda, they ARE in prison for the crime. They ARE doing time. No one is whining here, except for you, your comment was quite rude and uncalled for.

This bill is to enable a prisoner, with proven good behavior in prison, to get out after serving at least 1/2 of their sentence. After all, the person is in a CORRECTIONAL facility, by name, so if they have done good time, then let it be over. I see no sense in keeping someone down who has served time, is non-violent and has good behavior. If that doesn't show that they've corrected themselves, what will? Certainly not wasting more years of their lives.

@Kathleen

April 29, 2015, 11:05am (report abuse)

If they are in jail they were either convicted at trial or admitted to the crime. Either way they deserve to be in jail for the crime. They proved they are criminals so why should we think they have "corrected" their behavior? There is no reason to do so. Recidivism is rampant so let's just save the cost of the next trial and leave them in jail.

And if you don't like what someone writes then don't bother to read it. Your silly little whine doesn't pass the smell test so go on back to your corner and be quiet.

Connie

June 11, 2015, 8:08am (report abuse)

Vote Yes! People do have the ability to correct their behavior, minor drug crimes, people looking at underage porn, but not making an attempt to talk to or meet with a minor should be considered nonviolent as well.

Deano

(logged-in user) June 17, 2015, 6:57pm (report abuse)

There is no reason to ever release a sonvicted felon early. They did the crime they can do the time. The example above of a pervert with child pornography is a prime example of the type of criminal who should never be released back into society.

Mrs. Collick

September 2, 2015, 8:14am (report abuse)

I can say IF they do the crime then they do the time but the time must be a just sentence. Some people are given more time than others which is not fair. So I vote yes. There are many people commenting on this but not thinking logically and do not act as if you are so innocent. POINT BLANK PERIOD the justice system is not fair and it is right that there are some changes occurring.

I VOTE YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

@Mrs. Collick

September 4, 2015, 5:36pm (report abuse)

So is it your son or your husband who is incarcerated? Either way you obviously have an agenda. You are probably the root cause of the problem since men are often trying to get away from domineering hateful women like you.

For the rest of us who want to be protected from these felons. There is never any reason to release anypne who has been convicted of a crime before they have served every last day of that sentence.

I VOTE NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Why Worry

October 31, 2016, 5:50pm (report abuse)

Just leave Obama alone for a few more days and he will have pardoned all of these so-called "non-violent" offenders. I'm just waiting for him to pardon Hildebeast for every law she has broken.

ED ROCK

November 9, 2016, 1:25pm (report abuse)

All you criminals better hope Obama will pardon you because the keys are going to be thrown away next January.

Ed Rock

December 4, 2016, 2:09pm (report abuse)

Hey, Hey, Hey!

Only 8 more meeting days for the House of Representatives. Looks like this one will not make it.

Can you say "DEAD DUCK"?

Ed Rock

December 18, 2016, 8:35am (report abuse)

TURN OUT THE LIGHTS!

All you criminals better hope Obama gives you a pardon because this bill is dead and done.

Do the crime - Do the time.

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