H. R. 4364
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 11, 2016
Mr. Takano (for himself, Mr. Conyers, Mr. Ellison, Ms. Jackson Lee, Mr. Johnson of Georgia, and Ms. Lee) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To amend title V of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to prohibit Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants from being made available to a State or unit of local government that has a contract with a person that charges a fee to pay-only probationers, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
End of Debtor’s Prison Act of 2016.
Contracts with probation companies
Limitation on Byrne Justice Assistance Grants
Section 501 of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3750) is amended by adding at the end the following:
Prohibited recipients of funds
No Federal funds may be made available under this subpart, including through subawards, to any State or unit of local government that has a contract with a person who—
under such contract, collects fees and fines imposed by a State or local court on a pay-only probationer; and
collects from such probationer a fee that is imposed with respect to such collection.
Pay-only probationer defined
The term pay-only probationer means an individual who is placed on probation due to the failure of the individual to pay any part of a fine or fee imposed by a State or local court.
The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply with respect to grants made in or after the fiscal year which begins after the date of the enactment of this Act.
Section 522(a) of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3766b(a)) is amended—
in paragraph (4), by striking
and at the end;
by redesignating paragraph (5) as paragraph (6); and
by inserting after paragraph (4) the following:
for the State and each unit of local government in the State for such year, a list of the persons with which such State or unit of local government had a contract under which the person assisted in administering a probation ordered by a State or local court during such year and, for each such person—
the amount payable by the State or unit of local government to such person for such assistance during such year; and
whether the person collected a fee from a pay-only probationer (as such term is defined in section 501(h)(2)) with respect to such assistance; and
The amendments made by paragraph (1) shall apply with respect to reports submitted for years beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act.