FedCURE is the world's leading advocate
for America's, ever growing, federal inmate population. On behalf of the Board
of Directors, we would like to extend an invitation to each of you to join us in
our efforts to reform the federal criminal justice system in the United States.
Federal CURE, Incorporated is a nonprofit organization that, inter alia, deals
largely with the issues faced by federal inmates and their loved ones.
We are working to enact the BARBER AMENDMENT ~ legislation to establish a hybrid system of parole and increased good time allowances; repeal mandatory minimum sentences; fast track compassionate release for terminally ill inmates; restore PELL grants; and develop 'White House Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships Reentry Programs,' for all federal offenders; and promote a system that incarcerates fewer people and provides humane conditions for those who are incarcerated or under post-incarceration supervision via parole or supervised release. Over 60,000 people were released from federal prison last year, of which 20,000 were deported.
The figures are astounding: more than one in every 100 adults in the United States is currently incarcerated and one in 31 adults are on probation or parole. Since 2009, approximately 40,000 federal inmates qualify for Community Corrections Custody (CCC) placement annually, of which twenty (20%) do not go because of lack of bed space, especially, in the jurisdictions where it is needed most. The numbers of eligible inmates has increased and seriously outpaces CCC capacity. In fiscal 2011 the Federal Bureau of Prisons was operating at 38 percent over rated capacity.
The trend is anticipated to continue without end. There is no way to build out. The grounded reality facing reentry today is that communities have successfully blocked and or put a halt to new construction of Federal Prisons and Residential Reentry Centers (RRC), formerly known as, Half Way House. We must intervene with policies and legislation that are smart and right on crime. FedCURE's White House Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships reentry proposal would create almost unlimited bed space. The goal is to maximize the use home confinement for federal inmates reentering the community under current statutory law and bureau policy, which insures public safety. FedCURE estimates this would increase annual CCC capacity 10 to 20 thousand people or more (a 5-10% reduction in the federal prison population). Home confinement can provide unlimited CCC placement capacity at half cost. This would reasonably reduce the federal inmate prison population without jeopardizing public safety.
recommends Congress increase good time allowances and reinstate parole for
federal offenders. GAO says a 10% reduction in the inmate population saves $660 million a year. The BARBER AMENDMENT saves $1.2 billion a year on incarceration, that can be redirected within the bureau's budget to reentry, e.g., housing and employment.
FedCURE's Federal Good Time Bill Campaign: "Top 10 Ideas for Change in America"
FedCURE Call-2-Action | BARBER Amendment ~ 113th Congress
Many thanks to the tens of
thousands of American's who supported H.R. 1475 in the 111th Congress and The BARBER AMENDMENT Petition in the 112th Congress.
Although the bill did not pass and BARBER not introduced, it is not the last hurrah for federal good
time legislation. Please continue to contact your Congresspersons urging them to
sponsor FedCURE's proposals in 113th Congress.
Proposals for the 113th Congress: The Sentencing
Reform Act ~ Evidence based, best practices legislation to establish a retroactive, hybrid system of parole and good time allowances; retroactive 1-1 ratio for crack cocaine penalties and retroactive repeal of mandatory minimum sentences, for most federal offenders; and provide Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships reentry opportunities.
Please continue to contact your Congresspersons urging them to sponsor FedCURE's legislative proposals in the 113th Congress.
FedCURE's Idea to "Increase Good Time Allowances" ~ Winner! "Top 10 Ideas for Change in America ~ 2010" on Change.org.
Bureau of Prisons ~ Growing Inmate Crowding
Negatively Affects Inmates, Staff, and Infrastructure
FedCURE's Chairman, Mark A. Varca, J.D., and Jack Donson,
Director of Case Management & Programs, FedCURE, participated in the
U.S.Government Accounting Office's AskGAOLive video chat on its Bureau of
Prisons Report 12-743. It was 23 min. FedCURE went on the record with these key
questions, that GAO addressed:
FedCURE's concentrations on GAO 12-743:
Legislation to increase federal good time
Cost savings by maximizing Reduction In Sentence (RIS)
under current law and policy;
Cost savings by direct placement of federal inmates to
home confinement from an institution, pursuant to the Second Chance
Total cost savings by reducing the federal inmate
population by 10%, 20% and 30%, respectively.
GAO's David C. Maurer reported, to FedCURE, that a 10% reduction
in the federal prison population would save $660 million a year - FedCURE
estimates the number is over $1.2 billion dollars a year. Maurer also reported
that home confinement would be half the cost of incarceration or half way house
(RRC). See the video [19:04-19:52].
Farewell 112th Congress ~ Welcome the 113th Congress.
Thank You President Bush for
implementing Prisoner Re-entry and Faith Based Community Initiatives.
Thank You President Obama for the New White House Office for Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships.
FedCURE Call-2-Action: Reintroduce The Second
Chance Reauthorization Act | Contact your Senators.