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S. 1207 (117th): Community-Based Sentencing Alternatives for Caretakers Act of 2021


The text of the bill below is as of Apr 19, 2021 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1207

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 19, 2021

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To amend title 18, United States Code, to require a Federal court to consider certain factors in imposing a sentence on a caretaker, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Community-Based Sentencing Alternatives for Caretakers Act of 2021.

2.

Factors to be considered in imposing a sentence on a primary caretaker

(a)

In general

Section 3553 of title 18, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a)—

(A)

in paragraph (6), by striking ; and and inserting a semicolon;

(B)

in paragraph (7), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; and; and

(C)

by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(8)

a community-based alternative sentence for a defendant if—

(A)

such defendant is a caretaker; and

(B)

the particular sentence to be imposed is for an offense that is not a violent offense under subsection (g).

; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(h)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Community-based alternative sentence

(A)

In general

The term community-based alternative sentence means a sentence that may require the defendant to complete or participate in community-based programming, counseling, or other treatment or programming, as ordered by the court.

(B)

Types of treatment

Community-based programming, counseling, or other treatment, includes—

(i)

drug counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation programing;

(ii)

alcohol counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation programing;

(iii)

individual or family counseling;

(iv)

family case management services;

(v)

job training and job placement programing;

(vi)

educational programming; or

(vii)

any other treatment or programming determined to be appropriate by the court.

(2)

Caretaker

The term caretaker means an individual who has consistently assumed substantial responsibility for the housing, health, and safety of a child, parent, or other immediate family member, including an adult child or family member with a disability, of such defendant.

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(b)

Effective date

The amendment made by subsection (a) shall take effect on the date that is 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.