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H.R. 4018: To provide that the amount of time that an elderly offender must serve before being eligible for placement in home detention is to be reduced by the amount of good time credits earned by the prisoner, and for other purposes.


The text of the bill below is as of Dec 19, 2019 (Placed on Calendar in the Senate).

Summary of this bill

More people aged 60 and older could get a “get out of jail free” card.

Context

The Second Chance Act of 2007 allowed some elderly prisoners to serve the remainder of their sentence at home, if they were at least 65 and had served either 10 years or ¾ of their sentence — whichever was longer.

The First Step Act of 2018 expanded the number of prisoners eligible, by reducing the age from 65 to 60, and reducing the time served to either 10 years or ⅔ of their sentence — still whichever is longer. Terminably ill prisoners were also made eligible.

However, the program doesn’t factor in time off a ...


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Calendar No. 392

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 4018

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

December 4, 2019

Received

December 18, 2019

Read the first time

December 19, 2019

Read the second time and placed on the calendar

AN ACT

To provide that the amount of time that an elderly offender must serve before being eligible for placement in home detention is to be reduced by the amount of good time credits earned by the prisoner, and for other purposes.

1.

Good conduct time credits for certain elderly nonviolent offenders

Section 231(g)(5)(A)(ii) of the Second Chance Act of 2007 (34 U.S.C. 60541(g)(5)(A)(ii)) is amended by striking to which the offender was sentenced and inserting reduced by any credit toward the service of the prisoner’s sentence awarded under section 3624(b) of title 18, United States Code.

2.

Determination of budgetary effects

The budgetary effects of this Act, for the purpose of complying with the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010, shall be determined by reference to the latest statement titled Budgetary Effects of PAYGO Legislation for this Act, submitted for printing in the Congressional Record by the Chairman of the House Budget Committee, provided that such statement has been submitted prior to the vote on passage.

Passed the House of Representatives December 3, 2019.

Cheryl L. Johnson,

Clerk

December 19, 2019

Read the second time and placed on the calendar