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H.R. 223, The Federal Prison Bureau Nonviolent Offender Relief Act of 2011 (530 comments ↓)

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H.R. 223 would amend title 18, United States Code, to provide an alternate release date for certain nonviolent offenders.

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January 10, 2011, 3:18pm (report abuse)

No shortened sentences. Make them serve every last day.

franksinwein

(logged-in user) January 11, 2011, 8:53am (report abuse)

Yea, I want to help pay $60,000 a year for someone incarcerated, who stole a 10.00 CD? That's brilliant!

@franksinwein

January 11, 2011, 12:10pm (report abuse)

Newsflash buttwipe! The one who stole a $19,00 CD isn't even in jail. So stick your uninformed idiot remarks in you rectal orifice.

letthemout

February 12, 2011, 6:29pm (report abuse)

let them out and save billions of taxpayers money. The real crooks are the ones running this country.

nikidale

February 17, 2011, 9:20am (report abuse)

Ihave been doing calculations on this bill and the govern. could save over $60 million a year on just 500 nonviolen offenders being released after serving half thjeir sentence. What could they save f they released all of those over 45, non violent, offenders, those who are incarcerated for other nonviolent crimes, if they have not caused any problems while lockd up. If theywant to balance the budget start here.

kj

February 19, 2011, 8:56pm (report abuse)

I agree this is where the budget balancing should start. It would save alot of money and help nonviolent offenders who punishment was too harsh. Let them some time but a reasonable amount of time. Enough is Enough. So Please vote for this bill.

***

February 21, 2011, 12:50pm (report abuse)

No shortened sentences. Make them serve every last day.

VOTE NO!

Do the crime

February 26, 2011, 8:59am (report abuse)

Do the time

No reduced sentences for any convicted felon.

VOTE NO!

ajdgram

February 26, 2011, 10:19pm (report abuse)

We're talking about non violent people who are above the age of 45. Let's not pay more out of taxpayer dollars to solve this situation. There are alternatives-house arrest or community service that could better serve all of us. Let's get real.

***

February 27, 2011, 12:45am (report abuse)

No shortened sentences. Make them serve every last day.

VOTE NO!

***

February 28, 2011, 1:32am (report abuse)

And vote YES on S. 180, The POWER Act.

roosterout

March 5, 2011, 7:35am (report abuse)

VOTE YES!!!! There are so many families & children w/out their loved ones in their lives. I'm sorry but until you've ever been any sort of addict, then you could never imagine. Most of these people need help, a drug treatment program, they need to be educated on how to live their lives once again drug free. Most of these people are no different than you or I....

***

March 5, 2011, 12:05pm (report abuse)

...Turning big rocks into little rocks, and little rocks into sand.

***

March 6, 2011, 1:56pm (report abuse)

No shortened sentences. Make them serve every last day.

VOTE NO!

***

March 8, 2011, 11:00am (report abuse)

And vote YES on S. 180, The POWER Act.

could be you

March 9, 2011, 10:59pm (report abuse)

Save the taxpayers money by letting non violent prisoners go on house arrest and use those funds to try to fill the deficet

nikidale

March 10, 2011, 7:45am (report abuse)

If you really want to get this bill passed email and write a letter to the members of the Committee on the Judiciary. The bill is in this committee and letters can make a difference. If you truly want this to pass get involved and let them know.

needaremedy

March 10, 2011, 4:40pm (report abuse)

The federal system needs repair. Many sentences are too long and many never get their day in court because of it. Their are more than likely many incarcerated who just could not fight the system in place right now. Non-violent with good behavior would do better serving at home without so much taxpayer dollars wasted.

***

March 10, 2011, 11:58pm (report abuse)

No shortened sentences. Make them serve every last day.

VOTE NO!

***

March 10, 2011, 11:59pm (report abuse)

And vote YES on S. 180, The POWER Act.

pflaum

March 11, 2011, 9:43am (report abuse)

Letter of the law versus intent of the law is abused in the hands of powerful people against good people who make a mistake that is not criminal in nature in intent. Please help... These people should not be in prison costing us millions. For those who think that prison provides rehabilitation, decent food, medical care,etc. for inmates, all of this is false. This bill is not about violent offenders who should be in prison.

***

March 11, 2011, 10:52pm (report abuse)

No shortened sentences. Make them serve every last day.

DO THE CRIME!

DO THE TIME!

VOTE NO!

John Q

March 12, 2011, 6:36pm (report abuse)

To inform all of you on this forum, ignore ***. He is simply a troll who has harassed many other topics simply to cause frustration, irritation, and disruption. He has no substance on any of his stances except to create anxiety and mayhem.

Poor John Q

March 13, 2011, 12:36am (report abuse)

The convicted felon known as John Q has attempted to stop discussions that do not follow his desires on other bills. Sadly for him he has been unsuccessful. Also a failure for him are his attempts to keep his felony record from the view of those who have a right to know about it.

nikidale

March 13, 2011, 8:58am (report abuse)

Has anyone else contacted the Committee on the Judiciary? I have written each of them letter regarding this matter and from what I understand it will be brought up for reconsideration soon. Contact them if you really want this passed. Let's prove that we do have a voice, no matter how small.

***

March 14, 2011, 12:17am (report abuse)

No shortened sentences. Make them serve every last day.

Let your legislators know you OPPOSE this bill.

DO THE CRIME!

DO THE TIME!

VOTE NO!

^^^

March 14, 2011, 12:54am (report abuse)

John Q. is a wanker. He and Thomas K. are good buds!

***

March 15, 2011, 10:39am (report abuse)

And vote YES on S. 180, The POWER Act.

JusticeorJustUs

March 27, 2011, 12:04pm (report abuse)

Punish the drug dealer who get caught with a joint and let the pervert who rape kids go free.Yea tht make sense white america gotta love it.

***

March 27, 2011, 4:06pm (report abuse)

No shortened sentences. Make them serve every last day.

DO THE CRIME!

DO THE TIME!

VOTE NO!

^^^

March 28, 2011, 9:39pm (report abuse)

Wow just because some twerp is acting beligerant and scrolling repeatedly to vote no, I think Ill go ahead and vote YES to this and NO to the power act. Thanks for the help! :D

***

March 29, 2011, 11:07am (report abuse)

No shortened sentences. Make them serve every last day.

Let your legislators know you OPPOSE this bill.

DO THE CRIME!

DO THE TIME!

VOTE NO!

jazari

March 29, 2011, 2:57pm (report abuse)

Ha...Apparently there is a politician on here saying vote NO! They are the real crooks...didn't they just steal from SS and don't they make money off the prisons???? I VOTE YES!!!!

***

March 30, 2011, 11:22am (report abuse)

No shortened sentences. Make them serve every last day.

Let your legislators know you OPPOSE this bill.

DO THE CRIME!

DO THE TIME!

VOTE NO!

HOUSE ARREST

April 3, 2011, 11:38pm (report abuse)

GOOD PLAN!!

***

April 4, 2011, 1:03am (report abuse)

No shortened sentences. Make them serve every last day.

Let your legislators know you OPPOSE this bill.

DO THE CRIME!

DO THE TIME!

VOTE NO!

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April 6, 2011, 3:47pm (report abuse)

if it worked. And I have seen an uptick in spam to my email since registering. I was sure the webmaster said he didn't share email addresses.

Nikidale

April 6, 2011, 5:04pm (report abuse)

Guys we need all of you and I mean all of you who are in favor of H. R. 223 to write to your congressman in your state to co sponsor this bill. They only have one co sponsor and we need other Representatives to sponsor this bill. Please write to your rep nd get him to co sponsor this bill H. R. 223, amendmen to Title 18. That is he only way it will be brought up for a vote and then go to the House Speaker. I am going to write more letters please get this done so we can get this passed and save some money for the entire country. Thanks

Would be a Liar

April 6, 2011, 5:23pm (report abuse)

If you saw an uptick in spam since registering, how come you're not registered? I smell a rat.

LarryDM

(logged-in user) April 7, 2011, 12:01am (report abuse)

What you probably smell is your own stink.

After I registered here I saw more spam. Now is that a coincidence. Who knows. But I don't think so.

Helen

April 10, 2011, 4:03am (report abuse)

There are less expensive ways of punishing white color criminals, such as half way houses or home confinement.

@Helen

April 10, 2011, 9:31am (report abuse)

So what are you going to do with the other color criminals? Shoot them?

Please do not let this woman have children. She is an idiot.

The Truth

April 10, 2011, 12:50pm (report abuse)

This is exactly what these nonviolent offenders need.If you look at some of the prisoners that are incarcerated, federal prison camps especially,it makes me wonder why my taxes are paying for their incarcerartion.The camps don't even have fences around them.WHY IN THE HELL AM I PAYING FOR THIS, IT'S STUPID!!! Give them early release and make them work in the city they live in. If there is no fences keeping them in then they are not a threat to society.These people could be used in a more efficient way and at a much lower cost to the taxpayers of this country!!Put them in half-way houses, make them work and pay for their own living expenses.This is a win win for all.They pay for their own incarceration and at the same time do jobs around the city that most other people won't do.

Bring back

April 10, 2011, 3:54pm (report abuse)

chaingangs. Put a bunch of them on a long chain and send them out to clean up the swamp. After a while "The Truth" won't have to complain any more because the snakes and gators will have cleaned up the problem.

The Truth

April 10, 2011, 5:58pm (report abuse)

Damn right! starting with you!

***

April 11, 2011, 11:13am (report abuse)

No shortened sentences. Make them serve every last day.

Let your legislators know you OPPOSE this bill.

DO THE CRIME!

DO THE TIME!

VOTE NO!

***

April 12, 2011, 7:58am (report abuse)

We need to have hug a convicted felon day.

***

April 12, 2011, 10:11am (report abuse)

let's look at the economic impact that this has on our society.I'm open for a civil discussion on this matter as long as we keep it civil. I believe in second chances if it's good for all parties involved.

***

April 12, 2011, 3:29pm (report abuse)

No shortened sentences. Make them serve every last day.

Let your legislators know you OPPOSE this bill.

DO THE CRIME!

DO THE TIME!

VOTE NO!

***

April 12, 2011, 7:34pm (report abuse)

Let's take a rational approach toward problems that plague our society. I believe in second chances as long as it's fair and logical.We all make mistakes let's not over punish someone for that.

***

April 12, 2011, 7:58pm (report abuse)

No shortened sentences. Make them serve every last day.

Let your legislators know you OPPOSE this bill.

DO THE CRIME!

DO THE TIME!

VOTE NO!

***

April 12, 2011, 8:38pm (report abuse)

Let your legislators know that we need a more compassionate style of justice in this country.Giving these outrages sentences is not what justice is about.Giving early release to people that can be benificial and productive to society out weighs the need for incarceration.

***

April 13, 2011, 12:02am (report abuse)

We need to stop coddling criminals and make the punishments stiff enough to deter crime.

Let you legislators know you want them to take a tougher stance on crime and punishment.

No shortened sentences. Make them serve every last day.

Let your legislators know you OPPOSE this bill.

DO THE CRIME!

DO THE TIME!

VOTE NO!

***

April 13, 2011, 12:08am (report abuse)

Let your legislators know that we need a more compassionate style of justice in this country.Giving these outrages sentences is not what justice is about.Giving early release to people that can be benificial and productive to society out weighs the need for incarceration.

***

April 13, 2011, 12:09am (report abuse)

Let your legislators know that we need a more compassionate style of justice in this country.Giving these outrages sentences is not what justice is about.Giving early release to people that can be benificial and productive to society out weighs the need for incarceration.

***

April 13, 2011, 12:09am (report abuse)

Let your legislators know that we need a more compassionate style of justice in this country.Giving these outrages sentences is not what justice is about.Giving early release to people that can be benificial and productive to society out weighs the need for incarceration.

***

April 13, 2011, 12:10am (report abuse)

Let your legislators know that we need a more compassionate style of justice in this country.Giving these outrages sentences is not what justice is about.Giving early release to people that can be benificial and productive to society out weighs the need for incarceration.

***

April 13, 2011, 12:10am (report abuse)

Let your legislators know that we need a more compassionate style of justice in this country.Giving these outrages sentences is not what justice is about.Giving early release to people that can be benificial and productive to society out weighs the need for incarceration.

***

April 13, 2011, 12:10am (report abuse)

Let your legislators know that we need a more compassionate style of justice in this country.Giving these outrages sentences is not what justice is about.Giving early release to people that can be benificial and productive to society out weighs the need for incarceration.

***

April 13, 2011, 12:11am (report abuse)

Let your legislators know that we need a more compassionate style of justice in this country.Giving these outrages sentences is not what justice is about.Giving early release to people that can be benificial and productive to society out weighs the need for incarceration.

***

April 13, 2011, 12:11am (report abuse)

Let your legislators know that we need a more compassionate style of justice in this country.Giving these outrages sentences is not what justice is about.Giving early release to people that can be benificial and productive to society out weighs the need for incarceration.

***

April 13, 2011, 10:30am (report abuse)

We need to stop coddling criminals and make the punishments stiff enough to deter crime.

Let you legislators know you want them to take a tougher stance on crime and punishment.

No shortened sentences. Make them serve every last day.

Let your legislators know you OPPOSE this bill.

DO THE CRIME!

DO THE TIME!

VOTE NO!

***

April 13, 2011, 10:35am (report abuse)

Let your legislators know that we need a more compassionate style of justice in this country.Giving these outrages sentences is not what justice is about.Giving early release to people that can be benificial and productive to society out weighs the need for incarceration.

***

April 13, 2011, 10:36am (report abuse)

Let your legislators know that we need a more compassionate style of justice in this country.Giving these outrages sentences is not what justice is about.Giving early release to people that can be benificial and productive to society out weighs the need for incarceration.

***

April 13, 2011, 10:36am (report abuse)

Let your legislators know that we need a more compassionate style of justice in this country.Giving these outrages sentences is not what justice is about.Giving early release to people that can be benificial and productive to society out weighs the need for incarceration.

***

April 13, 2011, 10:37am (report abuse)

Let your legislators know that we need a more compassionate style of justice in this country.Giving these outrages sentences is not what justice is about.Giving early release to people that can be benificial and productive to society out weighs the need for incarceration.

***

April 13, 2011, 10:37am (report abuse)

Let your legislators know that we need a more compassionate style of justice in this country.Giving these outrages sentences is not what justice is about.Giving early release to people that can be benificial and productive to society out weighs the need for incarceration.

***

April 13, 2011, 10:38am (report abuse)

Let your legislators know that we need a more compassionate style of justice in this country.Giving these outrages sentences is not what justice is about.Giving early release to people that can be benificial and productive to society out weighs the need for incarceration.

***

April 13, 2011, 10:38am (report abuse)

Let your legislators know that we need a more compassionate style of justice in this country.Giving these outrages sentences is not what justice is about.Giving early release to people that can be benificial and productive to society out weighs the need for incarceration.

Hey * * *

April 13, 2011, 12:15pm (report abuse)

Why don't you make up your mind and then come back and let us know what you think!

;-)

***

April 13, 2011, 4:53pm (report abuse)

I do believe some of the sentences that are handed down may be a little harsh. Prison shouldn't be just for punishment. It has an obligation to reform and return those that have been convicted back into society as productive members. Each case is unique and should be treated as such instead of giving this one size fits all type of punishment. I want to see justice prevail because we need that in order to have a civil society. I think most people in these federal prison camps could do society and their families a greater good by giving them early release. I see no reason why a country as great as ours should led the world in having the most people locked up.Reform should happen and sensibility should be our guide to better laws.

Nikidale

April 13, 2011, 6:07pm (report abuse)

Have any of you contacted your representatives? I have been on a letter campaignfor 4 months....we need more cosponsors. Did you know that Obama asked for $587.5 million last year for the BOP and this year he wants an additional $606 million? Early release will save millions of dollars. CONTACT YOUR REPS WITH LETTERS AND PHONE CALLS.....IF YOU WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE YOU HAVE TO DO SOMETHING OTHER THAN GIVE LIP SERVICE!!! GET INVOLVED...IT IS OUR MONEY....

***

April 13, 2011, 10:27pm (report abuse)

We need to stop coddling criminals and make the punishments stiff enough to deter crime.

Let you legislators know you want them to take a tougher stance on crime and punishment.

No shortened sentences. Make them serve every last day.

Let your legislators know you OPPOSE this bill.

DO THE CRIME!

DO THE TIME!

VOTE NO!

@Nikidale

April 13, 2011, 10:33pm (report abuse)

I think you are trying to distort things a bit. The President did not ask for "an additional $606 million" this year. He asked for an INCREASE of $18.5 million in the annual budget.

As far as I am concerned I would much rather spend it on keeping criminals locked up than to blow over $600 million on a half-dozen days bombing people in Libya.

If this country would stop treating criminals like tourists it would xost a lot less. Prison IS about punishment, NOT reform.

I voted no on this one.

***

April 13, 2011, 11:07pm (report abuse)

Prison is necessary to punish and reform offenders and protect the public from the most serious, dangerous and persistent offenders. The government will always ensure there are places available for those offenders. But it is not necessarily the best route for less serious offenders who may lose their job, their accommodation and their family ties after a short period of imprisonment. Putting offenders through tough community sentences can often be more effective in reducing re-offending than a short spell in prison.

***

April 13, 2011, 11:16pm (report abuse)

Prison should not only be a place for punishment.We owe it to the taxpayers of this country to release individuals back into society with skills that are benificial to the community.If you only focus on punishment then you're going to create a revolving door back to prison.

***

April 13, 2011, 11:19pm (report abuse)

Let your legislators know that we need a more compassionate style of justice in this country.Giving these outrages sentences is not what justice is about.Giving early release to people that can be benificial and productive to society out weighs the need for incarceration.

***

April 13, 2011, 11:19pm (report abuse)

Let your legislators know that we need a more compassionate style of justice in this country.Giving these outrages sentences is not what justice is about.Giving early release to people that can be benificial and productive to society out weighs the need for incarceration.

***

April 13, 2011, 11:20pm (report abuse)

Let your legislators know that we need a more compassionate style of justice in this country.Giving these outrages sentences is not what justice is about.Giving early release to people that can be benificial and productive to society out weighs the need for incarceration.

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