H. R. 3657
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 9, 2019
Mr. Katko (for himself, Mr. Johnson of Georgia, Mrs. Roby, Mr. Swalwell of California, Mr. Cline, Mr. Thompson of Mississippi, Mr. Sensenbrenner, and Ms. Dean) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To require the Comptroller General of the United States to study how certain individuals who are granted pretrial release are monitored, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Bill’s Promise Act.
The Comptroller General of the United States shall conduct a study on how individuals charged with Federal crimes and granted pretrial release are monitored. The study shall—
provide a review of policies related to how United States probation and pretrial services officers monitor individuals on pretrial release;
compare the policies of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts with respect to the monitoring of individuals on pretrial release to the policies of States and localities with respect to the monitoring of individuals on pretrial release;
provide data on the number and type of offenses committed by individuals on Federal pretrial release over the past 10 years;
describe how United States probation and pretrial services officers respond when an electronic monitoring device indicates that individuals are not complying with the conditions of their pretrial release;
describe how United States probation and pretrial services officers respond when there are indications that an electronic monitoring device has been tampered with;
describe what measures the Administrative Office of the United States Courts takes to ensure that probation and pretrial services offices are adhering to and correctly implementing policies related to the supervision of individuals on pretrial release;
examine the capacity in which the United States Probation and Pretrial Services System enlists the assistance of State and local law enforcement agencies in monitoring individuals on pretrial release and responding to indications an individual is not complying with the terms of the individual’s pretrial release; and
examine resource and capacity issues currently impacting officer retention and the administration of pretrial and probation services.
Report to Congress
Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to the Committee on the Judiciary of the Senate and the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives a report summarizing the results of the study required under subsection (a), together with any recommendations for legislative or regulatory action that would improve the administration of pretrial release services.