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H.R. 2944 (114th): Sensenbrenner-Scott SAFE Justice Reinvestment Act of 2015

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To improve public safety, accountability, transparency, and respect for federalism in Federal criminal law by applying the findings of the bipartisan Over-Criminalization Task Force and evidence-based reforms already made by some States, and reinvesting the resulting savings from doing so in additional evidence-based criminal justice strategies that are proven to reduce recidivism and crime, and the burden of the criminal justice system on the taxpayer.

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Sponsor and status

James Sensenbrenner

Sponsor. Representative for Wisconsin's 5th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jun 25, 2015
Length: 144 pages
Jun 25, 2015
114th Congress (2015–2017)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on June 25, 2015, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


61 Cosponsors (31 Democrats, 30 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: Criminal Justice Reform Is On The Horizon
    — Rep. Tulsi Gabbard [D-HI2, 2013-2020] (Co-sponsor) on Nov 4, 2016

Scott: Oregon Militia Occupation Ironically Highlights Whats Wrong With Mandatory Minimum Sentences
    — Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott [D-VA3] (Co-sponsor) on Jan 5, 2016

Cummings Speaks at 47th Annual National Meeting and Conference of the Union of Black Episcopalians
    — Rep. Elijah Cummings [D-MD7, 1996-2019] (Co-sponsor) on Jul 27, 2015

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Jun 25, 2015

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H.R. 2944 (114th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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