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S. 1557: Reverse Mass Incarceration Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of May 21, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1557

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 21, 2019

(for himself and Mr. Blumenthal) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To establish a grant program to incentivize States to reduce prison populations, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Reverse Mass Incarceration Act of 2019.

2.

Grant program

(a)

In general

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:

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State prison population reduction grant program

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Grant program

(a)

In general

The Attorney General may make grants to States to assist States in reducing crime rates and incarcerations.

(b)

Eligibility

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—

(1)

the total number of individuals incarcerated in correctional or detention facilities in the State was reduced by not less than 7 percent; and

(2)

the rate of crime within the State did not increase by more than 3 percent.

(c)

Application

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.

(d)

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.

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(b)

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:

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There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out part OO $2,000,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2020 through 2029.

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