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Jackson Lee: Bill Not For White-Collar Cons

From the Houston Chronicle:

Jackson Lee says her bill not for white-collar felons


Dec. 7, 2007

WASHINGTON — Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee told a House committee Thursday that her proposal to slash prison time for older, nonviolent federal inmates was not intended to benefit child pornographers or white-collar criminals.

“This is not a bill to give comfort to the Jack Abramoffs of the world,” the Houston Democrat said Thursday at a hearing before a House Judiciary subcommittee. Abramoff, a former Washington lobbyist, pleaded guilty in January of 2006 to charges of conspiring to bribe members of Congress.

Jackson Lee criticized the Houston Chronicle for its “interpretation” of her bill in an article on Thursday.

The Chronicle reported that the measure, as originally written, could result in the early release of white-collar felons such as Abramoff, Houston oilman Oscar Wyatt and former Enron executives Jeffrey Skilling and Andrew Fastow.

“This is not an effort to focus on certain heinous crimes,” Jackson Lee said. “It is an effort to address the question of recidivism, bring crime down and make our communities safer.”

She said her measure would be a first step to help criminals reintegrate into society and ease mounting incarceration costs.

The bill would cut in half prison time for all inmates convicted of nonviolent offenses older than 45, had served at least half their sentence, and behaved well behind bars.

Committee Republicans and North Dakota U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley opposed the bill.

Of course, silly.

The bill is only intended to create more Democrat voters.

By the way, lest we forget, Sheila Jackson Lee is the Hillary campaign’s National Co-Chair Congresswoman.

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