Want to read more? Subscribe Now or Sign In
Hide ( X )
  • THE CRIME REPORT - Your Complete Criminal Justice Resource

  • Investigative News Network
  • Welcome to the Crime Report. Today is

Crime and Justice News

New House Task Force Will Examine Growing Federal Prison System

May 14, 2013 08:42:54 am

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), who chairs the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees federal prison spending, will work with ranking member Chaka Fattah (D-PA), on a task force to review all aspects of the rapidly growing federal correctional system, reports CQ Roll Call. Wolf is outraged that federal prisoners are not provided more opportunities to gain work experience and believes the Bureau of Prisons is holding too many people, including ill older inmates who no longer pose a threat to society. A report by the Justice Department’s inspector general came to the same conclusion. “If you’re 68 years old and you’re dying of cancer and your life expectancy is seven months, why do we want to keep you in prison?” Wolf says.

A separate House task force is examining "overcriminalization" in the federal justice system, including what Judiciary Chairman Robert Goodlatte (R-VA) calls minor crimes in which perpetrators may not have realized they were breaking the law. He cited the example of an 11-year-old girl who "saved a baby woodpecker from the family cat" and was fined $535 under a federal law banning the possession of a migratory bird. In the Senate, Rand Paul (R-KY), has joined with Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on a "safety valve" bill that would allow federal judges to depart from mandatory minimum sentences under certain conditions.

« Article List
No Comments yet

TCR at a Glance

Anatomy of a Terror Investigation

q & a October 13, 2014

The FBI’s ‘Silicon Valley’ approach to the hunt for the Unabomber set the template for catching lone wolf terrorists, a...

BJS Reports Uptick in Jail Deaths

new & notable October 9, 2014

Mortality rates in jails increased by 8 percent in 2012, according to an annual report by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics