This bill — known as the Citizens’ Right to Know Act — would require states and local governments receiving Dept. of Justice (DOJ) grant funding and using it for a pretrial release program to report annually about funds received by the program. The report would include the name of each defendant participating in the pretrial release program, occasions on which they failed to make a court appearance, and information related to their previous arrest record. Jurisdictions which fail to provide this report would lose all of their grant funding for the following fiscal year.
What is House Bill H.R. 2152?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 2152
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) introduced this bill to increase oversight of pretrial release programs in order to prevent criminals from being released and never returning for their court date:
“The federal government has engaged in the ultimate taxpayer bailout, a bailout for hardened criminals with no respect for the rule of law. From sexual assault to flat out murder, these criminals belong in jail. Once free from the threat of prison, there is nothing to prevent a wrongdoer from committing yet another crime. My bill will require record-keeping and reporting on participants in these federally funded pre-trial release programs, specifically whether the defendants have a history of criminal behavior, whether or not they actually appear for their trial, and whether they have ever failed to appear for trial in prior cases.”
House Democrats expressed their opposition to this bill in its committee report:
“Incarcerating people because they cannot afford to pay bail is unjust. Money bail is unfair to the indigent, unproductive, and expensive for American taxpayers. Unfortunately, H.R. 2152 appears to be intended to perpetuate this practice. Because of our concerns about the operation and impact of this measure, and because the bill fails to reform the system of money bail used by many jurisdictions in this country, we oppose H.R. 2152 and must respectfully dissent.”
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Citizens' Right to Know Act of 2018
To require States and units of local government receiving funds under grant programs operated by the Department of Justice, which use such funds for pretrial services programs, to submit to the Attorney General a report relating to such program, and for other purposes.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
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- The house Passed May 9th, 2018Roll Call Vote 221 Yea / 197 Nay
Committee on the JudiciaryCrime, Terrorism and Homeland SecurityIntroducedApril 26th, 2017
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