Judiciary Cmte Passes Deutch Bill to Adjust Eligibility for Nonviolent Elderly Prisoners to Serve Remainder of Sentence in Home Detention Program
Yesterday evening, the House Judiciary Committee passed Congressman Ted Deutch's (FL-22) legislation (H.R. 4018) that amends the Elderly and Family Reunification for Certain Non-Violent Offenders Pilot Program reauthorized by the FIRST STEP Act of 2018.
The Elderly and Family Reunification for Certain Non-Violent Offenders Pilot Program permits the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to transfer eligible nonviolent elderly prisoners into a home detention pilot program based on the prisoner serving two-thirds of their sentence. However, as the statute is currently interpreted, the two-thirds sentence does not include good time credit. This bill would clarify the law to allow eligible nonviolent elderly prisoners to include good time credit as part of their two-thirds sentence requirement. Prisoners in the Federal system can earn up to 54 days per year in good time credits that subtract from their total sentence.
Following its passage, Congressman Deutch issued this statement:
"Passage of the FIRST STEP Act last year was a significant bipartisan accomplishment to improve America’s prisons and give more incarcerated individuals the chance at rehabilitation and reentry into society. I'm particularly proud of our improvements and expansion of the pilot program to allow elderly prisoners to transition to home confinement for the remainder of their sentence. Elderly prisoners are among the most vulnerable in our nation’s prison system. This bill's small clarification to include good time credit is a humane fix that will also reduce federal costs."