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H.R. 3713 (114th): Sentencing Reform Act of 2015

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About the bill

There has been a bipartisan breakthrough on an issue that has been anathema to many in recent years — reform of the criminal sentencing laws that have lead to skyrocketing incarceration rates.

Powerful lawmakers from both parties and both chambers of Congress recently introduced comprehensive legislation (this bill and its Senate counterpart S. 2123) that would ease some federal sentencing guidelines for drug-related crimes, create new mandatory minimum sentences for other crimes, and in some cases increase the length of the maximum sentences that could be issued. Significantly, the bill would allow some current prisoners held on drug-related convictions to have their sentences reduced.

The bill would only apply to federal prisons, which currently hold about 205,000 people, a fraction of the approximately 2.4 million who are incarcerated …

Sponsor and status

Bob Goodlatte

Sponsor. Representative for Virginia's 6th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Dec 23, 2016
Length: 22 pages
Oct 8, 2015
114th Congress (2015–2017)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on November 18, 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).


79 Cosponsors (60 Democrats, 19 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Reps. Nadler, Richmond, and Jeffries Ask U.S. Sentencing Commission to Conduct Analysis of Sentencing Reform Act Provisions to Reform Criminal Justice System
    — Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D-NY12] (Co-sponsor) on Jan 28, 2016

House Judiciary Committee Approves Bipartisan Sentencing Reform Legislation
    — Rep. Raúl Labrador [R-ID1, 2011-2018] (Co-sponsor) on Nov 18, 2015

Maloney Celebrates News That Holocaust Victims Transported by French National Railroad Have Begun to Receive Compensation
    — Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY12, 2013-2022] on Sep 16, 2016

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Oct 8, 2015

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Nov 18, 2015
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Dec 23, 2016
Reported by House Committee on the Judiciary

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H.R. 3713 (114th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 3713. This is the one from the 114th Congress.

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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