H.R. 2944: U.S. Parole Commission Reauthorization

H.R. 2944

U.S. Parole Commission Reauthorization

Date
September 20, 2011 (112th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Sarah Makin

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, September 20, 2011, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 2944 under a suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage.  The resolution was introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) on September 15, 2011 and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. 

Bill Summary

H.R. 2944 would extend the United States Parole Commission authorization for three years.  The bill would also require the United States Parole Commission to submit a report within 180 days of enactment to the Committees on the Judiciary of the Senate and House of Representatives on the following information:

  1. The number of offenders in each type of case over which the Commission has jurisdiction, including the number of Sexual or Violent Offender Registry offenders and Tier Levels offenders, for fiscal years 2006 through 2011;
  2. The number of hearings, record reviews and National Appeals Board considerations conducted by the Commission in each type of case over which the Commission has jurisdiction for fiscal years 2006 through 2011;
  3. The number of hearings conducted by the Commission by type of hearing in each type of case over which the Commission has jurisdiction for fiscal two years 2006 through 2011;
  4. The number of record reviews conducted by the Commission by type of consideration in each type of case over which the Commission has jurisdiction for fiscal years 2006 through 2011;
  5. The number of warrants issued and executed compared to the number requested in each type of case over which the Commission has jurisdiction for fiscal years 2006 through 2011;
  6. The number of revocation determinations by the Commission in each type of case over which the Commission has jurisdiction for fiscal years 2006 through 2011;
  7. The distribution of initial offenses, including violent offenses, for offenders in each type of case over which the Commission has jurisdiction for fiscal years 2006 through 2011;
  8. The distribution of subsequent offenses, including violent offenses, for offenders in each type of case over which the Commission has jurisdiction for fiscal years 2006 through 2011;
  9. The percentage of offenders paroled or reparoled compared with the percentage of offenders continued to expiration of sentence (less any good time) in each type of case over which the Commission has jurisdiction for fiscal years 2006 through 2011;
  10. The percentage of cases (except probable cause hearings and hearings in which a continuance was ordered) in which the primary and secondary examiner disagreed on the appropriate disposition of the case (the amount of time to be served before release), the release conditions to be imposed, or the reasons for the decision in each type of case over which the Commission has jurisdiction for fiscal years 2006 through 2011;
  11. The percentage of decisions within, above, or below the Commission’s decision guidelines for Federal initial hearings (28 C.F.R. 2.20) and Federal and D.C. Code revocation hearings (28 C.F.R.17 2.21);
  12. The percentage of revocation and non-revocation hearings in which the offender is accompanied by a representative in each type of case over which the Commission has jurisdiction for fiscal years 2006 through 2011;
  13. The number of administrative appeals and the action of the National Appeals Board in relation to those appeals in each type of case over which the Commission has jurisdiction for fiscal years 2006 through 2011;
  14. The projected number of Federal offenders that will be under the Commission’s jurisdiction as of October 31, 2014;
  15. An estimate of the date on which no Federal offenders will remain under the Commission’s jurisdiction;
  16. The Commission’s annual expenditures for offenders in each type of case over which the Commission has jurisdiction for fiscal years 2006 through 2011; and
  17. The annual expenditures of the Commission, including travel expenses and the annual salaries of the members and staff of the Commission, for fiscal years 2006 through 2011.

Cost

CBO did not have a cost estimate for H.R. 2944 at press time.