Thursday, October 31, 2013

U.S. Parole Commission reauthorized, applauded by Norton

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton has announced the reauthorization of the U.S. Parole Commission, the entity which has jurisdiction over DC Code felons.
Norton Applauds Five-Year Reauthorization of U.S. Parole Commission, Chaired by Former D.C. Police Chief Isaac Fulwood

WASHINGTON, DC – The Office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today announced Senate passage of a bill to reauthorize the U.S. Parole Commission (USPC) for five years, ensuring continuation of the agency with jurisdiction over D.C. Code felons on parole or under supervised release. Norton pressed for a minimum five-year reauthorization to provide greater certainty and consistency for the Commission to function rather than its prior two-year reauthorizations. The bill now goes to the President for his signature.

"I am pleased that we were able to get a somewhat longer reauthorization," said Norton. "However, considering that the USPC now has continuing responsibilities for D.C. Code felons and certain federal offenders, it is important to stabilize this important public safety agency with the same permanent authorization as other federal law enforcement agencies. Congressional reauthorizations have not caught up with the significant new jurisdiction Congress gave the Parole Commission with more than 17,800 D.C. Code felons. The periodic authorizations date back to a time when federal parole was abolished and Congress believed that the Commission would go out of existence. The Revitalization Act, however, guarantees the Parole Commission will have continuing responsibilities, particularly jurisdiction over D.C. Code felons."

Read the rest of the release on Norton's website.

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