IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
May 21, 2019
Mr. Booker (for himself and Mr. Blumenthal) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To establish a grant program to incentivize States to reduce prison populations, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Reverse Mass Incarceration Act of 2019.
Title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Street Act of 1968 (34 U.S.C. 10101 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:
State prison population reduction grant program
The Attorney General may make grants to States to assist States in reducing crime rates and incarcerations.
A State shall be eligible to receive a grant under this section if the State demonstrates that, during the 3-year period preceding the application for a grant under this section—
the total number of individuals incarcerated in correctional or detention facilities in the State was reduced by not less than 7 percent; and
the rate of crime within the State did not increase by more than 3 percent.
An eligible State seeking a grant under this section shall submit to the Attorney General an application in such form and manner and at such time as the Attorney General requires, which shall include a clear methodology based on population size and other factors.
Use of grant funds
A grant awarded under this section shall be used by a State to implement evidence-based programs designed to reduce crime rates and incarcerations.
Authorization of appropriations
Section 1001(a) of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (34 U.S.C. 10261(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following:
There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out part OO $2,000,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2020 through 2029.