December 12, 2018

Criminal Justice System Improvements

Letters & Testimony

The ABA frequently corresponds with Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and other governmental bodies and testifies before Congress on matters of importance to the administration of justice and the legal profession.

115th Congress

12/12/18
House
ABA Letter in Support of the First Step Act

12/12/18
Senate
ABA Letter in Support of the First Step Act

12/11/18
House and Senate Leadership
ABA Letter in Support of JJDPA Reauthorization

11/16/18
Senators Portman and Leahy
ABA Letter in Support of the Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2018

9/12/18
House Judiciary Committee
ABA Letter in Support for H.R. 2899 - Second Chance Reauthorization Act

8/7/18
USSC
ABA Comments Regarding United States Sentencing Commission Priorities

6/4/18
Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs and Office for Victims of Crime
ABA Letter on FY2018 TVPA Human Trafficking Funding Restriction

3/7/18
Senate Judiciary Committee
ABA Letter Supporting Legislative Steps to Reduce Gun Violence

2/28/18
Maryland Senate
ABA Letter in Support of Maryland Senate Bill 766

2/28/18
Maryland House
ABA Letter in Support of Maryland House Bill 1520

1/9/18
Senate Judiciary Committee
ABA Letter in Support of S. 1917, the Sentencing and Corrections Reform Act of 2017

10/25/17
Governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson
ABA Letter in Support of Clemency Consideration for Jack Greene

10/25/17
House Judiciary Committee, House Financial Services Committee, House Energy and Commerce Committee
ABA Letter in Support of H.R. 1795, the DUE PROCESS Act of 2017

10/18/17
House Judiciary Committee
ABA Letter in Support of H.R. 2899, the Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2017

9/5/17
Senate Judiciary Committee
ABA Letter in Support of S. 860, the "Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2017"

9/5/17
House Education and the Workforce Committee
ABA Letter in Support of H.R. 1809, the "Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2017"

8/25/17
Senate Judiciary Committee
ABA Letter in Support of S. 1593, "Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act of 2017"

8/25/17
House Judiciary Committee
ABA Letter in Support of H.R. 1437, "No Money Bail Act of 2017

6/28/17
Governor of Virginia, Terence McAuliffe
ABA Letter Expressing Concerns Regarding the Case of Virginia Death-Row Inmate William Morva

4/11/17
Governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson
ABA President Expresses Concern about Arkansas Execution Schedule

3/22/17
Maryland Senate
ABA Supports the Maryland Fair Access to Education Act of 2017

3/22/17
Maryland House
ABA Supports the Maryland Fair Access to Education Act of 2017

2/24/17
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
ABA Urges Governor Cuomo to Support Independent Oversight of New York's Public Defense System

2/13/17
South Dakota Legislature
ABA testifies on death penalty for defendants with mental illness

2/13/17
South Dakota Legislature
ABA testifies on death penalty for defendants with mental illness

1/30/17
Virginia House of Delegates
ABA testifies on death penalty for defendants with mental illness

1/26/17
Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)
ABA Applauds Legislative Efforts to Support Indigent Defense

114th Congress

10/5/16
Senate and House
ABA Expresses Support for the Trafficking Survivors Relief Act

7/6/16
Senate
ABA Urges Senate Leaders to Oppose the Stop Illegal Reentry Act

2/18/16
Ad Hoc Committee to Review the Criminal Justice Act
ABA Testifies on Death Penalty Representation under the Criminal Justice Act

1/20/16
Senate Judiciary Committee
ABA Testifies on Criminal Intent Standards Before Senate Judiciary Committee

1/11/16
House Judiciary Committee
ABA Urges Support for H.R. 3406, the Second Chance Reauthorization Act

11/17/15
House Judiciary Committee
ABA Urges House Judiciary Committee to Approve Sentencing Reform Legislation

11/9/15
U.S. Senate
ABA Urges Support for Federal Sentencing Legislation (S. 2123)

10/22/15
Federal Communications Commission
ABA Files Comments in Support of FCC Proposal to Regulate Non-Competitive Rates for Inmate Calling Services

10/19/15
Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee
ABA Urges Senate Judiciary Committee to Approve S. 2123, the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act

10/6/15
Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee
ABA Urges Support for S. 2021, the Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act 

8/26/15
NY State Office of Indigent Legal Services
ABA Statement on Development of Eligibility Standards for Assignment of Counsel in New York

7/30/15
House and Senate Judiciary Committees 
ABA Opposes Proposed Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Illegal Reentry in S. 1762/H.R. 3011 and S. 1812

7/22/15
United States Sentencing Commission 
ABA Comments Regarding United States Sentencing Commission’s Proposed Priorities for the Coming Amendment Cycle

7/20/15
Senate Judiciary Committee
ABA Letter Supporting the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2015

6/4/15
Senators Rob Portman and Patrick Leahy and Representatives James Sensenbrenner and Danny Davis
ABA Letter Commending Introduction of Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2015

5/12/15
Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee
ABA Letter Commending Senate Judiciary Committee for Action on Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel

3/30/15
Chair and Vice-Chair of TX Senate Committee on Criminal Justice and House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence
ABA Letter in Support of Texas Senate Bill 1071 and House Bill 2110

3/16/15
Colorado House Judiciary Committee
ABA Letter Opposing Legislation that Prevents Defense Teams from Meeting their Duties Under the Sixth Amendment and ABA Standards

3/12/15
United States Sentencing Commission 
ABA Testimony on Proposed Amendments to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines

3/9/15
Chair and Vice-Chair, Committee on Criminal Justice, Florida Senate; Chair and Ranking Member, Criminal Justice Subcommittee, Florida House of Representatives
ABA Comments Regarding the Importance of Jury Unanimity in Death Penalty Sentencing

1/26/15
NYC Council Committee on Public Safety & Committee on Courts and Legal Services
ABA President-Elect Paulette Brown's Testimony on Indigent Defense

1/26/15
The Honorable Julius Genachowski, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
ABA Files Comments Urging FCC to Regulate Non-Competitive Inmate Calling Services

113th Congress

12/18/14
New York City Board of Correction
ABA Submits Comments Regarding Proposed Amendment to Rules Governing Enhanced Supervision Housing

12/16/14
South Carolina Commission on Prosecution Coordination
ABA Clarifies Position on Prosecutorial Workloads

6/26/14
House Judiciary Committee
ABA Testimony on Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions and the Problem of Over-Criminalization of Federal Law

6/10/14
U.S. Sentencing Commission
ABA Testimony to the U.S. Sentencing Commission on Retroactivity of 2014 Drug Guidelines Amendments

5/15/14
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.
ABA Letter Commending President Obama and Offering Resources in Review of Death Penalty Procedures 

3/18/14
U.S. Sentencing Commission
ABA Comments Regarding Proposed Amendments to Sentencing Guidelines

3/5/14
House and Senate Judiciary Committee Leaders
ABA Letter Supporting Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2013

2/25/14
Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights
ABA Testimony on Reassessing Solitary Confinement

12/9/13
Senate Judiciary Committee
ABA Letter Urging Support for the Smarter Sentencing Act of 2013

12/3/13
Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr.
ABA Letter Urging Reauthorization of the House Over-Criminalization Task Force

10/29/13
Representative Raul Labrador and Representative Bobby Scott
ABA Letter Supporting the Smarter Sentencing Act

10/28/13
Representative Ted Deutch
ABA Letter Supporting the National Right to Counsel Act

10/15/13
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
ABA Letter Supporting the creation of a National Commission on Indigent Defense 

9/19/13
Senate Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Securiy and Investigations
ABA Testimony on Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Prisons

9/16/13
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
ABA Letter on the State of Indigent Defense

8/6/13
Federal Bureau of Prisons 
ABA Urges BOP to Delay Transfer of Women Prisoners to Aliceville Facility

8/2/13
Senate Judiciary Committee
ABA Supports the Smarter Sentencing Act of 2013 

7/31/13
State and Local Bar Presidents
ABA Urges State and Local Bar Members to Follow New ABA Ethics Opinion and Voluntary Lawyer Guidance to Fight Money Laundering

7/8/13
United States Sentencing Commission
ABA Comments on U.S. Sentencing Commission 2013-2014 Priorities 

6/19/13
Tommy Wells, Council of the District of Columbia
Letter Supporting Restoration of In-Person Jail Visitation.

6/13/13
House Taskforce on Over-Criminalization 
ABA Testimony on Over-Criminalization

5/16/13
Florida Governor Rick Scott  
ABA Opposes Florida H.B. 7083, the Timely Justice Act

5/8/13
Financial Action Task Force (FATF) 
ABA Comments on FATF’s Draft Report on Money Laundering Vulnerabilities of Legal Professionals

4/9/13
Senate  
ABA urges Senate to pass gun violence prevention legislation

3/25/13
Federal Communications Commission 
ABA Letter Regarding Rates for Inmate Calling Services 

3/6/13
Senate Judiciary Committee
ABA Urges Senators to Reform Gun Violence Prevention Laws

2/5/13
Senate
ABA Opposes the Inclusion of Mandatory Minimum Sentencing in the Violence Against Women Act

2/4/13
House of Representatives
ABA Commends Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Elijah Cummings for Introducing the Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2013

1/30/13
Senate Judiciary Committee
ABA President Laurel Bellows Urges Senate Judiciary to Act on Legislation to Prevent Gun Violence in America

1/24/13
Representative Carolyn McCarthy
ABA Commends Representative Carolyn McCarthy for Introducing the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013

1/24/13
Senator Dianne Feinstein
ABA Commends Senator Dianne Feinstein for Introducing the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013

112th Congress

12/12/12
Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights
ABA President Laurel Bellows Urges Senate Judiciary Subcommittee to Adopt Policies to End the School-to-Prison Pipeline

8/1/12
Senate Judiciary Committee
ABA Statement Regarding Key Reforms to Reduce Federal Prison Spending

6/26/12
Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution
ABA Commends the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights for Its Hearing on the rising use of Solitary Confinement

6/5/12
Senate Judiciary Committee
ABA Urges Support of S. 2197

5/21/12
Attorney General Eric Holder
ABA Letter Commends the Department of Justice for its Adoption of the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003

4/10/12
Representative John Conyers, Jr.
ABA Letter in Support of the End Racial Profiling Act

4/10/12
Senator Benjamin L. Cardin
ABA Letter in Support of the End Racial Profiling Act

3/27/12
Financial Action Task Force (FATF)
ABA Letter to FATF Providing Reactions to Revised International Anti-Money Laundering Standards

3/27/12
Financial Action Task Force (FATF)
Letter to FATF Providing Reactions to Revised International Anti-Money Laundering Standards

3/15/12
Senator Lisa Murkowski
ABA Letter Supporting the Fairness in Disclosure of Evidence Act of 2012

3/14/12
DOJ
ABA Comments to DOJ on State Capitol Counsel Systems

3/13/12
Senator Rand Paul
ABA Commends Senator Paul for his Opposition to Mandatory Minimum Sentences

2/16/12
U.S. Sentencing Commission
ABA Testimony Before Sentencing Commission on Advisory Guideline System

1/31/12
The Attorney General
ABA Letter to the Attorney General on Indigent Defense Reform

1/30/12
U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
ABA Comments to Proposed 4th Circuit Procedures in Capital Cases

12/16/11
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
ABA Opposes S 1483, the “Incorporation Transparency and Law Enforcement Assistance Act”

12/13/11
Financial Action Task Force
ABA Submits Follow-Up Comments to FATF Consultative Meeting in Milan

10/12/11
House
James Felman testifies on behalf of the regarding the status of the sentencing guidelines and the US Sentencing Commission at House Hearing

10/6/11
House and Senate
ABA Letter to Appropriators Regarding Criminal Justice Funding Priorities

10/3/11
Senate
ABA Letter of Support for S. 306, the National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2011.

9/15/11
Senate
ABA Opposes Adding New Mandatory Minimum Provisions to Cybercrime Legislation.

8/31/11
Tennessee Supreme Court
ABA Urges Tennessee Supreme Court to Incorporate ABA Standards on Indigent Defense.

7/26/11
EEOC
Stephen Saltzburg testifies on behalf of the ABA before the EEOC on the barriers to employment posed by criminal records.

7/12/11
Senate
ABA urges Senate Committee’s prompt approval of S. 1231, the Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2011

6/28/11
House
Letter supporting FY 2012 funding for the Second Chance Act

6/28/11
Senate
Letter supporting FY 2012 funding for the Second Chance Act

6/1/11
DOJ
Letter from ABA President Stephen Zack urging DOJ to revised proposed rule for the "Certification Process for State Capital Counsel Systems"

6/1/11
DOJ
Comments filed with DOJ regarding the proposed rule for the "Certification Process for State Capital Counsel Systems."

6/1/11
USSC
James Felman testifies before the United States Sentencing Commission regarding the question of retroactivity of the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 implementing amendment to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

5/23/11
Senate
ABA urges support for criminal justice cost-savings proposals

5/23/11
House
ABA urges support for criminal justice cost-savings proposals

4/4/11
DOJ
ABA comments on DOJ Proposed PREA Standards

3/21/11
USSC
ABA comments on permanent amendments to implement the Fair Sentencing Act

3/16/11
Senate
ABA Supports Enactment of the National Criminal Justice Commission Act

2/16/11
USSC
ABA Testimony Regarding the Dodd-Frank and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Acts

1/13/11
IA Governor-Elect
Letter in support of Executive Order 42

1/7/11
Financial Action Task Force
ABA Submits Follow-Up Comments to FATF Consultative Meeting in Milan

111th Congress

10/19/10
DOJ
Letter in support of the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission, proposed standard RE-2

9/23/10
Senate
ABA urges support for H.R. 5143, the National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2010

8/5/10
Coordinating Council on JJDP
ABA submits comments to the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention identifying several key areas that the Coordinating Council must address relating to four identified priority issues.

7/26/10
House
ABA Urges Support for H.R. 5143, the National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2010

7/21/10
House
ABA Supports S. 1789, the Fair Sentencing Act

5/27/10
USSC
James E. Felman testifies on behalf of the American Bar Association before the United States Sentencing Commission for the hearing on Mandatory Minimums

5/19/10
House
ABA commends Representative Robert Scott for his strong leadership in introducing the Fairness & Accuracy in Employment Background Checks Act of 2010

5/18/10
House
ABA urges support for H.R. 5143, the National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2010

5/5/10
DOJ
ABA offers comments to the Department of Justice for consideration as it undertakes the Department of Justice’s standards review pursuant to the Prison Rape Elimination Act

4/29/10
Senate
ABA urges support for FY 2011 Funding for the Second Chance Act

4/29/10
House
ABA urges support for FY 2011 Funding for the Second Chance Act

3/17/10
US Sentencing Commission
James E. Felman testifies on behalf of the American Bar Association before the USSC on proposed amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines regarding alternatives to incarceration

3/9/10
Senate
ABA urges support for S. 1789, the Fair Sentencing Act of 2009 (Committee on Judiciary)

2/18/10
Senate
ABA expresses support for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2009 (S. 678) and urges Senators to cosponsor the legislation

1/15/10
Department of Justice
ABA Comments on the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Proposed Plan for Fiscal Year 2010

12/14/09
Senate
ABA expresses strong support for S. 678 and urges the Senate Committee on the Judiciary to act promptly to approve it..

12/8/09
House
ABA Testifies on the Impact of Federal Habeas Corpus Limitations on Death Penalty Appeals (House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.)

12/2/09
House
ABA expresses strong support for the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA) of 2009.

12/2/09
House
ABA Urges Support of H.R. 1064 Youth PROMISE Act

10/1/09
House
ABA urges removal of the mandatory minimum sentencing provision contained in the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act. (Armed Services Committee)

9/17/09
House
ABA Supports H.R. 1466, the Major Drug Trafficking Prosecution Act of 2009 (Representative Maxine Waters)

7/28/09
House
ABA Urges for Approval of H.R. 3327, the Ramos-Compean Justice Act of 2009 (Committee on the Judiciary)

7/28/09
House
ABA Urges Support for H.R. 3245, the Fairness in Cocaine Sentencing Act of 2009 (House Committee on the Judiciary)

7/22/09
House
ABA Testimony for the hearing "Over Criminalization of Conduct and Over-Federalization of Criminal Law" (Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security)

7/20/09
House
ABA Supports H.R. 3245, The Fairness in Cocaine Sentencing Act of 2009 (Representative Scott)

7/20/09
Senate
ABA Urges the Senate to Vote Against the Sessions Amendment (Entire Senate)

6/16/09
Senate
ABA Supports the Democracy Restoration Act of 2009 (Senator Feingold)

6/16/09
House
ABA Supports the Democracy Restoration Act of 2009 (Representative Conyers)

6/11/09
House
ABA Supports the Recidivism Reduction Act (Representatives Carson, Kennedy and Stark)

6/10/09
House
ABA Supports H.R. 1873, the Juvenile Justice Improvement Act (Representative Christopher Murphy)

5/21/09
House
Testimony in support of the Elimination of the Cocaine Sentencing Disparity (Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, Committee on the Judiciary)

5/4/09
Senate
ABA Urges Support for S. 435, the Youth Prison Reduction through Opportunities, Mentoring, Intervention, Support, and Education Act (Entire Senate)

5/4/09
House
ABA Urges Support for H.R. 1064, theYouth Prison Reduction through Opportunities, Mentoring, Intervention, Support, and Education Act (Entire House)

5/4/09
Senate
ABA Supports S. 678, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2009 (Committee on the Judiciary)

4/29/09
Senate
Testimony in support of the Elimination of the Cocaine Sentencing Disparity (Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs, Committee on the Judiciary)

4/27/09
House
ABA Supports H.R. 265, the Drug Sentencing Reform and Cocaine Kingpin Trafficking Act, and H.R. 1459, the Fairness in Cocaine Sentencing Act (Entire House)

4/27/09
Senate
ABA Supports the Elimination of the Cocaine Sentencing Disparity (Entire Senate)

4/6/09
Department of Justice
Comments on the DOJ role in the review of state certification petitions of capital defense systems (Office of Justice Programs)

3/26/09
House
Testimony in support of addressing the persistent indigent defense crisis (Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, Committee on the Judiciary)

3/16/09
House
Letter in support of the Drug Sentencing Reform and Kingpin Trafficking Act of 2009 (Representative Jackson Lee)

3/3/09
Senate
ABA Calls for Full Authorization of Funding for the Second Chance Act (Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies)

3/3/09
House
ABA Calls for Full Authorization of Funding for the Second Chance Act (Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies)

2/25/09
House
Letter in support of the Justice Integrity Act (Representative Cohen)

2/25/09
Senate
Letter in support of the Justice Integrity Act (Senator Cardin)

1/15/09
FCC
Letter in support of comprehensive resolution of issues related to prisoner telephone services.

110th Congress

9/24/08
House
Letter in support of H.R. 7033, the Fairness & Accuracy in Employment Background Checks Act.

7/14/08
Senate
Letter in support of S. 3155, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2008.

7/10/08
Senate
Letter in support of the Justice Integrity Act to examine the cause and extent of racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system.

6/16/08
House
Letter in support of H.R. 5876, the Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act.

6/10/08
House
Letter in support of fully funding of the National Institute for Corrections (NIC) in FY 2009. (Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies)

4/8/08
Senate
Written Statement on the Competency of Defense Counsel in Capital Cases. (Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution)

4/2/08
Senate
Letter in support of increasing the FY 2009 juvenile justice funding levels.

4/2/08
House
Letter in support of increasing the FY 2009 juvenile justice funding levels.

2/12/08
Senate
Letter encouraging members to support S. 1711, the Drug Sentencing Reform and Cocaine Kingpin Trafficking Act of 2007, to end the disparate treatment of crack versus cocaine offenses.

2/12/08
House
Letter encouraging members to support H.R. 4545, the Drug Sentencing Reform and Cocaine Kingpin Trafficking Act of 2007, to end the disparate treatment of crack versus cocaine offenses.

2/12/08
Senate
Testimony of James Felman before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the subject of federal cocaine sentencing laws. (Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs)

1/15/08
House
Letter encouraging members to support and cosponsor H.R. 3846, the Youth PROMISE Act, to address youth violence.

11/13/07
USSC
Written statement concerning the retroactive application of USSC Amendment 9 pertaining to offenses involving crack cocaine. (United States Sentencing Commission)

11/12/07
USSC
Letter supporting retroactive application of USSC Amendment 9 pertaining to the sentencing of offenses involving crack cocaine. (United States Sentencing Commission)

11/9/07
House
Letter urging representatives to vote in favor of H.R. 1593, The Second Chance Act of 2007

11/8/07
House
Written statement urging immediate amendment of the Prison Litigation Reform Act (Committee on the Judiciary)

10/30/07
Senate
Letter supporting S. 1711 to eliminate the disparities in federal sentences of crack versus powder cocaine offenses

10/25/07
US Courts
Letter urging continued public access to plea agreements with some limitations in order to protect the safety of defendents (Administrative Office of US Courts)

10/17/07
US Courts
Letter supporting the Juvenile Crime Reduction Act of 2007 (Representative Patrick Kennedy

10/3/07
Senate &House
Letter supporting the elimination of the cocaine Sentencing disparity (Committee on the Judiciary)

9/18/07
MA General Court
Written statement regarding “Alternative Sentencing and Offender Reentry” (Joint Committee on the Judiciary)

8/25/07
DOJ
Letter commenting on Programs Docket 1464, relating to defense counsels in death penalty cases (Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice)

8/22/07
USSC
Letter recommending incarceration alternatives as research topic for 2008 priorities (United States Sentencing Commission)

7/23/07
Senate
Letter supporting the S. 1060, the Second Chance Act of 2007 (Commmittee on the Judiciary)

7/3/07
House
Letter opposing mandatory minimum sentencing laws (Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security)

5/9/07
House
Letter commending Representative Bobby Rush on his introduction of H.R. 555, The Family Telephone Connection Protection Act

5/7/07
House
Letter urging the exclusion of language known collectively as the Tiarhrt Amendments from the FY 2008 Department of Justice appropriations bill (Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies)

5/7/07
Senate
Letter urging the exclusion of language known collectively as the Tiarhrt Amendments from the FY 2008 Department of Justice appropriations bill (Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies)

5/1/07
FCC
Letter urging the FCC to address excessive inmate phone service rates and ensure the broadest possible range of calling options (Federal Communications Commission)

4/30/07
DOJ
Letter commenting on interim regulations to Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) (Department of Justice, Office of Legal Policy)

4/24/07
USSC
Letter urging the alleviation of the wide disparity between cocaine powder and crack sentencing guidelines (United States Sentencing Commission)

4/6/07
USSC
Letter regarding 2007 proposed amendments to the sentencing guidelines: sentence reduction motions under 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A)(i) (United States Sentencing Commission)

3/27/07
House
Letter urging restored funding for critical grant programs serving at-risk youth (Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies)

3/27/07
Senate
Letter urging restored funding for critical grant programs serving at-risk youth (Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies)

3/20/07
USSC
Written statment concerning the USSC’s obligation to give policy guidance to courts considering sentence reduction motions for “extraordinary and compelling reasons" and the ABA's resulting concern about Reduction in Term of Imprisonment as a Result of Motion by Director of Bureau of Prisons (United States Sentencing Commission)

3/12/07
USSC
Letter commenting on appropriate criteria for sentence reduction under recently promulgated Section 1B1.13 (Reduction in Term of Imprisonment as a Result of Motion by Director of Bureau of Prisons) (United States Sentencing Commission)

3/12/07
House
Letter supporting the Second Chance Act of 2007

2/20/07
BOP
Letter commenting on the proposed rule entitled "Reduction in Sentence for Medical Reasons" (Bureau of Prisons)

1/4/07
OMB
Letter recommending an increase in the amount of the cap on Victims of Crime Act funding (Office of Management and Budget)

109th Congress

11/14/06
USSC
Written statement to recommend that Congress eliminate the differences between sentences for crack and powder cocaine offenses (United States Sentencing Commission)

9/27/05
Senate
Letter commenting on S. 1088, the Streamlined Procedures Act (Committee on the Judiciary)

9/25/06
House
Letter opposing H.R.5092, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Modernization and Reform Act of 2006

9/5/06
Senate
Letter commenting on the Second Chance Act (Committee on the Judiciary)

7/12/06
USSC
Letter commenting on Sentence Reduction Motions (United States Sentencing Commission)

7/10/06
House
Letter supporting H.R. 1704, the Second Chance Act (Committee on the Judiciary)

5/16/06
House
Letter commenting on proposed changes in federal gun law and regulation (Committee on the Judiciary)

3/15/06
USSC
Written statement commenting on Reduction of Term and Imprisonment based on the Bureau of Prisons Motion (United States Sentencing Commission)

3/3/06
ICHR
Written statement commenting on mandatory minimum sentencing (Inter-American Commission on Human Rights)

2/24/06
BOP
Letter urging utilization of an e-mail program at several federal correctional institutions (Federal Bureau of Prisons)

1/31/06
House
Letter commenting on The Family Telephone Connection Protection Act

11/16/05
Senate
Written statement commenting on S. 1088, The Streamlined Procedures Act of 2005 (Committee on the Judiciary)

11/8/05
House
Letter commenting on a proposed habeas corpus amendment to the Safe Access to Justice and Court Protection Act of 2005

10/13/05
House
Letter the House regarding H.R. 800, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act

8/15/05
USSC
Letter commenting on waiver of attorney-client privilege (United States Sentencing Commission)

7/13/05
Senate
Written statement on habeas corpus proceedings and issues of actual innocence (Committee on the Judiciary)

7/5/05
Senate
Letter commenting on gang prevention legislation (Committee on the Judiciary)

6/29/05
House
Letter commenting on H.R. 3035, the Streamlined Procedures Act of 2005 (Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, Committee on the Judiciary)

5/26/05
House
Letter commenting on the Crime Victims Fund (Committee on Appropriations)

5/17/05
USSC
Letter commenting on revision to the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines (United States Sentencing Commission)

5/10/05
House
Letter commenting on H.R. 1279, the Gang Deterrence and Community Protection Act of 2005

4/12/05
House
Letter commenting on H.R. 800, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (Committee on the Judiciary)

4/4/05
Senate
Letter commenting on S. 397, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act

3/14/05
House
Letter commenting on H.R. 800, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, Committee on the Judiciary)

3/11/05
Senate
Letter noting ABA recommendations on the sentencing system regarding the Booker/Fanfan decisions (Committee on the Judiciary)

2/9/05
House
Letter commenting on the Booker/Fanfan Decisions and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines (Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, Committee on the Judiciary)

2/4/05
House
Letter commenting on prisoner reentry (Committee on Oversight and Government Reform)