Lawmakers Ask Sentencing Commission for Data Missing From Justice Bill Analysis

Lawmakers Ask Sentencing Commission for Data Missing From Justice Bill Analysis

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Three members of the House Judiciary Committee, Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Cedric Richmond (D-LA) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), sent a letter to Judge Patti Saris, the Chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, dated January 27, 2016, asking for more data on the leading criminal justice bill in the House.

The Sentencing Commission left out the punitive aspects of H.R. 3713 authored by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) in an analysis released on November 18, 2015.

“We are requesting the numerical and demographic impact of each provision of H.R. 3713 particularly with regard to any individual who would be excluded from the safety valve or retroactive relief or would be subject to new penalties,” the letter from the lawmakers reads.

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Some justice reform advocates have pointed out that the numerous exclusions in H.R. 3713 would likely mean few would benefit from the much talked about “safety valve” provisions and therefore the bill would save little money.

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The Sentencing Commission also left out the possible impacts of a new heroin related penalty in H.R. 3713.  The letter to the Sentencing Commission is below:

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