[Ppnews] Sundiata Acoli - Revive the Federal Parole System

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Tue Jan 31 08:48:48 EST 2006

By Sundiata Acoli - 1/06

Under the present system most federal prisoners must serve 85% of 
their sentences before being released. Almost no provisions exist for 
federal prisoners to earn early release thru good behavior, superior 
work performance, outstanding achievements and the like. A federal 
prisoner sentenced to 10 years today must serve 8 1/2 years before 
being released; one sentenced to 20 years must serve 17 years before 
release, no if, ands or buts.

Under the old Federal Parole System all first-offenders were eligible 
for parole after serving 1/3, or 33%, of their sentence. Also, most 
were actually paroled after completing 1/3 of their sentence and all 
reached *mandatory release* upon serving 2/3, or 67%, of their 
sentence. A federal prisoner sentenced to 10 years under the old laws 
was usually paroled after doing 3 1/3 years and reached mandatory 
release at 6 2/3 years; one sentenced to 20 years was normally 
paroled after 6 2/3 years, or mandatorily released after 13 1/3 years.

Now Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL) has introduced to the House, HR 
3072, a bill To Revive the System of Parole for Federal Prisoners. In 
order to get this bill passed he needs the support of other 
congresspersons nationwide.


Write and/or call *your* Congressperson (*contact info provided 
below) and urge him/her to "co-sponsor HR 3072, a bill *To Revive the 
System of Parole for Federal Prisoners*," so that:

1) Your family member, loved one or friend in the federal prison may 
be released early and reunited with you earlier;


2) Billions of tax dollars being spent to confine mostly non-violent 
drug offenders can be saved or diverted to better and proven methods 
of solving drug abuse and addiction problems;


3) A safer society can be built by promoting rehabilitation, shorter 
incarceration times for deserving prisoners, relief of dangerous 
prison overcrowding, prohibition of another wasteful and futile spree 
of prison-building and promotion of a better use of public funds to 
strengthen needed social programs;


4) Whatever other reasons you feel the old Federal Parole System 
should be reviewed.

After you write and/or call your Congressperson, get your family 
members and friends to write/call their Congressperson.

*To get your Congresspersons address(es) and telephone numbers access 
http://www.visi.com/juan/congress and click on *your* state; it will 
give you all contact info for your Congressperson. Write your 
Congressperson at her/his local office. It will reach him/her faster. 
Letters to his/her Washington D.C. address will be delayed several 
months while being checked for anthrax.

~~ END ~~

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