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Title: Prison Overcrowding Emergency Powers Act of 1987: Hearings on H.R. 2850 and H.J. Res. 341 Before the House Committee on the District of Columbia, 100th Congress, 1st Session, September 10 and October 7 and 8, 1987
Corporate Author: US Congress
House Cmtte on the District of Columbia
United States of America
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 168
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Type: Legislative Hearing/Committee Report
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This document presents staff findings and the oral and written testimony before a House of Representatives Committee in 1987 regarding proposed legislation to address prison overcrowding in the District of Columbia.
Abstract: The proposed laws would allow the mayor to declare an emergency when the prison population exceeded its noted design capacity for 30 consecutive days and after all administrative options for reducing the prison population had been exhausted. Eligible prisoners would have to be within 180 days of release and could receive a sentence reduction of 90 days or less. Speakers at the hearings included officials of the District of Columbia and representatives of the police, prosecutor, and other agencies. Much of the testimony addressed pertinent court orders, crime data, the constitutionality of the law, and the role of Congress. The full committee convened on October 8 and unanimously voted to defeat H.J. Res. 341.
Main Term(s): Corrections management
Index Term(s): District of Columbia; Early release programs; Intergovernmental relations; Law reform; Prison overcrowding
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