104th CONGRESS 1st Session
-- H.R. 667 --
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
FEBRUARY 22, 1995
Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
AN ACT TO CONTROL CRIME BY INCARCERATING VIOLENT CRIMINALS.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the 'Violent Criminal Incarceration Act of 1995'.
TITLE I - TRUTH IN SENTENCING
SEC. 101. TRUTH IN SENTENCING GRANT PROGRAM.
(a) In General. - Title V of the Violent Crime Control and Law
Enforcement Act of 1994 is amended to read as follows:
'TITLE V - TRUTH IN SENTENCING GRANTS
'SEC. 501. AUTHORIZATION OF GRANTS.
'(a) In General. - The Attorney General is authorized to provide
grants to eligible States and to eligible States organized as a regional
compact to build, expand, and operate space in correctional facilities in
order to increase the prison bed capacity in such facilities for the
confinement of persons convicted of a serious violent felony and to
build, expand, and operate temporary or permanent correctional
facilities, including facilities on military bases and boot camp
facilities, for the confinement of convicted nonviolent offenders and
criminal aliens for the purpose of freeing suitable existing prison space
for the confinement of persons convicted of a serious violent felony.
Such grants may also be used to build, expand, and operate secure youth
'(b) Limitation. - An eligible State or eligible States organized as
a regional compact may receive either a general grant under section 502
or a truth-in-sentencing incentive grant under section 503.
'SEC. 502. GENERAL GRANTS.
'(a) Distribution of General Grants. - 50 percent of the total
amount of funds made available under this title for each of the fiscal
years 1995 through 2000 shall be made available for general eligibility
grants for each State or States organized as a regional compact that
meets the requirements of subsection (b).
'(b) General Grants. - In order to be eligible to receive funds
under subsection (a), a State or States organized as a regional compact
shall submit an application to the Attorney General that provides
assurances that such State since 1993 has -
'(1) increased the percentage of convicted violent offenders sentenced
'(2) increased the average prison time actually to be served in prison
by convicted violent offenders sentenced to prison; and
'(3) increased the percentage of sentence to be actually served in
prison by violent offenders sentenced to prison.
'SEC. 503. TRUTH-IN-SENTENCING GRANTS.
'(a) Truth-in-Sentencing Incentive Grants. - 50 percent of the total
amount of funds made available under this title for each of the fiscal
years 1995 through 2000 shall be made available for truth-in-sentencing
incentive grants to each State or States organized as a regional compact
that meet the requirements of subsection (b).
'(b) Eligibility for Truth-in-Sentencing Incentive Grants. - In
order to be eligible to receive funds under subsection (a), a State or
States organized as a regional compact shall submit an application to the
Attorney General that provides assurances that each State applying has
enacted laws and regulations which include - '(1)(A) truth-in-
sentencing laws which require persons convicted of a serious violent
felony serve not less than 85 percent of the sentence imposed or 85
percent of the court-ordered maximum sentence for States that practice
indeterminate sentencing; or
'(B) truth-in-sentencing laws which have been enacted, but not yet
implemented, that require such State, not later than three years after
such State submits an application to the Attorney General, to provide
that persons convicted of a serious violent felony serve not less than 85
percent of the sentence imposed or 85 percent of the court-ordered
maximum sentence for States that practice indeterminate sentencing;
'(2) laws requiring that the sentencing or releasing authorities
notify and allow the victims of the defendant or the family of such
victims the opportunity to be heard regarding the issue of sentencing and
any postconviction release; and
'(3) laws requiring that the releasing authority notify the victims of
serious violent felons or the family of such victims and the convicting
court regarding the release of a defendant.
'SEC. 504. SPECIAL RULES.
'(a) Additional Requirements. - To be eligible to receive a grant
under section 502 or 503, a State or States organized as a regional
compact shall provide an assurance to the Attorney General that -
'(1) to the extent practicable, inmate labor will be used to build and
expand correctional facilities;
'(2) each State will involve counties and other units of local
government, when appropriate, in the construction, development,
expansion, modification, operation, or improvement of correctional
facilities designed to ensure the incarceration of offenders, and that
each State will share funds received under this title with any county or
other unit of local government that is housing State prisoners, taking
into account the burden placed on such county or unit of local government
in confining prisoners due to overcrowding in State prison facilities in
furtherance of the purposes of this Act;
'(3) the State has implemented or will implement, not later than 18
months after the date of the enactment of the Violent Criminal
Incarceration Act of 1995, policies to determine the veteran status of
inmates and to ensure that incarcerated veterans receive the veterans
benefits to which they are entitled; and
'(4) the State has adopted procedures for the collection of reliable
statistical data which compiles the rate of serious violent felonies
after the receipt of grant funds under section 502 or section 503 in
comparison to the rate of serious violent felonies before receipt of such
funds and will report such statistical data to the Attorney General if
such data is not already provided.
'(b) Juvenile Justice Incentive. - Beginning in fiscal year 1998, 15
percent of the funds that would otherwise be available to a State under
section 502 or 503 shall be withheld from any State which does not have
an eligible system of consequential sanctions for juvenile offenders.
'(c) Indeterminant Sentencing Exception. - Notwithstanding the
provisions of paragraphs (1) through (3) of section 502(b), a State shall
be eligible for grants under this title, if the State, not later than the
date of the enactment of this title -
'(1) practices indeterminant sentencing; and
'(2) the average times served in such State for the offenses of
murder, rape, robbery, and assault exceed, by 10 percent or greater, the
national average of times served for such offenses.
'(d) Availability of Funds for Jail Construction. - A State may use up
to 15 percent of the funds provided under this title for jail
construction, if the Attorney General determines that the State has
'(1) legislation that provides for pretrial release requirements at
least as restrictive as those found in section 3142 of title 18, United
States Code; or
'(2) legislation that requires an individual charged with an offense
for which a sentence of more than one year may be imposed, or charged
with an offense involving violence against another person, may not be
released before trial without a financial guarantee to ensure appearance
'(e) Exception. - The requirements under section 503(b) shall apply,
except that a State may provide that the Governor of the State may allow
for earlier release of a geriatric prisoner or a prisoner whose medical
condition precludes the prisoner from posing a threat to the public after
a public hearing in which representatives of the public and the
prisoner's victims have an opportunity to be heard regarding a proposed
'(f) Funds for Juvenile Offenders. - Notwithstanding any other
provision of this title, if a State or unit of local government located
in a State which otherwise meets the requirements of section 502 or 503
certifies to the Attorney General that exigent circumstances exist which
require that the State expend funds to confine juvenile offenders, the
State may use funds received under this title to build, expand, and
operate juvenile correctional facilities or pretrial detention facilities
for such offenders.
'SEC. 505. FORMULA FOR GRANTS.
'To determine the amount of funds that each eligible State or eligible
States organized as a regional compact may receive to carry out programs
under section 502 or 503, the Attorney General shall apply the
'(1) $500,000 or 0.40 percent, whichever is greater, shall be
allocated to each participating State or compact, as the case may be; and
'(2) of the total amount of funds remaining after the allocation under
paragraph (1), there shall be allocated to each State or compact, as the
case may be, an amount equal to the ratio that the number of part 1
violent crimes reported by such State or States to the Federal Bureau of
Investigation for the most recent calendar year for which the data is
'SEC. 506. ACCOUNTABILITY.
'(a) Fiscal Requirements. - A State or States organized as a
regional compact that receives funds under this title shall use
accounting, audit, and fiscal procedures that conform to guidelines which
shall be prescribed by the Attorney General, including a requirement that
any funds used to carry out the programs under section 501(a) shall
represent the best value for the State governments at the lowest possible
cost and employ the best available technology.
'(b) Reporting. - Each State that receives funds under this title
shall submit an annual report, beginning on January 1, 1996, and each
January 1 thereafter, to the Congress regarding compliance with the
requirements of this title.
'(c) Administrative Provisions. - (1) The administrative provisions
of sections 801 and 802 of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act
of 1968 shall apply to the Attorney General in the same manner as such
provisions apply to the officials listed in such sections.
'(2)(A) A State that receives funds under this title shall, in such
form and manner as the Attorney General determines, and under such
regulations as the Attorney General shall prescribe, require that the
appropriate public authorities report promptly to the Attorney General
the death of each individual who dies in custody while in a municipal or
county jail, State prison, or other similar place of confinement. Each
such report shall include the cause of death and all other facts relevant
to the death reported, which the person so reporting shall have the duty
to make a good faith effort to ascertain.
'(B) The Attorney General shall annually publish a report containing -
'(i) the number of deaths in each institution for which a report was
filed during the relevant reporting period;
'(ii) the cause of death and time of death for each death so reported;
'(iii) such other information about the death as the Attorney General
'SEC. 507. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
'(a) In General. - There are authorized to be appropriated to carry
out this title -
'(1) $997,500,000 for fiscal year 1996;
'(2) $1,330,000,000 for fiscal year 1997;
'(3) $2,527,000,000 for fiscal year 1998;
'(4) $2,660,000,000 for fiscal year 1999; and
'(5) $2,753,100,000 for fiscal year 2000.
'(b) Limitations on Funds. -
'(1) Uses of funds. - Funds made available under this title may be
used to carry out the purposes described in section 501(a).
'(2) Nonsupplanting requirement. - Funds made available under this
section shall not be used to supplant State funds, but shall be used to
increase the amount of funds that would, in the absence of Federal funds,
be made available from State sources.
'(3) Administrative costs. - Not more than three percent of the
funds available under this section may be used for administrative costs.
'(4) Matching funds. - The Federal share of a grant received under
this title may not exceed 75 percent of the costs of a proposal as
described in an application approved under this title.
'(5) Carry over of appropriations. - Any funds appropriated but not
expended as provided by this section during any fiscal year shall remain
available until expended.
'(6) Transfer of unallocated funds. - After making the distribution to
all eligible States required under section 503, the Attorney General may
transfer, as provided in this paragraph, in such amounts as may be
provided in appropriations Acts, any remaining unallocated funds which
have been available for more than two fiscal years, but all such funds
shall be available for the purposes of this paragraph after fiscal year
2000. Funds transferred under this paragraph may be made available for
expenses of the Immigration and Nationalization Service for investigators
and for expenses of the Bureau of Prisons, the Federal Bureau of
Investigations and the United States Attorneys for activities and
operations related to the investigation, prosecution and conviction of
persons accused of a serious violent felony, and the incarceration of
persons convicted of such offenses, and the National Institute of Justice
for law enforcement technology programs.
'SEC. 508. PAYMENTS TO STATES FOR INCARCERATION OF CRIMINAL ALIENS.
'(a) Reservation of Funds. - Notwithstanding any other provision of
this title, for each of the fiscal years 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000
from amounts appropriated under section 507, the Attorney General shall
first reserve an amount which when added to amounts appropriated to carry
out section 242(j) of the Immigration and Nationality Act for such fiscal
year equals $650,000,000.
'(b) Payments to Eligible States. -
'(1) Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, for each of
the fiscal years 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000 from amounts reserved
under subsection (a), the Attorney General shall make a payment to each
State which is eligible under section 242(j) of the Immigration and
Nationality Act and which meets the eligibility requirements of section
503(b), in such amount as is determined under section 242(j) and for
which payment is not made to such State for such fiscal year under such
'(2) For any fiscal year, payments made to States under paragraph (1)
may not exceed the amount reserved for such fiscal year under subsection
'(c) Use of Unobligated Funds. - For any fiscal year, amounts
reserved under subsection (a) which are not obligated by the end of that
fiscal year under subsection (b) shall not be available for payments
under this section for any subsequent fiscal year, but shall be
available, in equal amounts, to the Attorney General only for grants
under sections 502 and 503.
'(d) Report to Congress. - Not later than May 15, 1999, the Attorney
General shall submit a report to the Congress which contains the
recommendation of the Attorney General concerning the extension of the
program under this section.
'SEC. 509. DEFINITIONS.
'As used in this title -
'(1) the term 'indeterminate sentencing' means a system by which -
'(A) the court has discretion on imposing the actual length of the
sentence imposed, up to the statutory maximum; and
'(B) an administrative agency, generally the parole board, controls
release between court-ordered minimum and maximum sentence;
'(2) the term 'serious violent felony' means -
'(A) an offense that is a felony and has as an element the use,
attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against the person or
property of another and has a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years or
'(B) any other offense that is a felony and that, by its nature,
involves a substantial risk that physical force against the person or
property of another may be used in the course of committing the offense
and has a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years or more, or
'(C) such crimes including murder, assault with intent to commit
murder, arson, armed burglary, rape, assault with intent to commit rape,
kidnapping, and armed robbery;
'(3) the term 'State' means a State of the United States, the District
of Columbia, or any commonwealth, territory, or possession of the United
'(4) the term 'an eligible system of consequential sanctions for
juvenile offenders' means that the State or States organized as a
regional compact, as the case may be -
'(A)(i) have established or are in the process of establishing a
system of sanctions for the State's juvenile justice system in which the
State bases dispositions for juveniles on a scale of increasingly severe
sanctions for the commission of a repeat delinquent act, particularly if
the subsequent delinquent act committed by such juvenile is of similar or
greater seriousness or if a court dispositional order for a delinquent
act is violated; and
'(ii) such dispositions should, to the extent practicable, require the
juvenile delinquent to compensate victims for losses and compensate the
juvenile justice authorities for supervision costs;
'(B) impose a sanction on each juvenile adjudicated delinquent;
'(C) require that a State court concur in allowing a juvenile to be
sent to a diversionary program in lieu of juvenile court proceedings;
'(D) have established and maintained an effective system that requires
the prosecution of at least those juveniles who are 14 years of age and
older as adults, rather than in juvenile proceedings, for conduct
'(i) murder or attempted murder;
'(ii) robbery while armed with a deadly weapon;
'(iii) battery while armed with a deadly weapon;
'(iv) forcible rape;
'(v) any other crime the State determines appropriate; and
'(vi) the fourth or subsequent occasion on which such juveniles engage
in an activity for which adults could be imprisoned for a term exceeding
1 year; unless, on a case-by-case basis, the transfer of such juveniles
for disposition in the juvenile justice system is determined under State
law to be in the interest of justice;
'(E) require that whenever a juvenile is adjudicated in a juvenile
proceeding to have engaged in the conduct constituting an offense
described in subparagraph (D) that -
'(i) a record is kept relating to that adjudication which is -
'(I) equivalent to the record that would be kept of an adult
conviction for that offense;
'(II) retained for a period of time that is equal to the period of
time records are kept for adult convictions; and
'(III) made available to law enforcement officials to the same extent
that a record of an adult conviction would be made available;
'(ii) the juvenile is fingerprinted and photographed, and the
fingerprints and photograph are sent to the Federal Bureau of
'(iii) the court in which the adjudication takes place transmits to
the Federal Bureau of Investigation the information concerning the
adjudication, including the name and birth date of the juvenile, date of
adjudication, and disposition;
'(F) where practicable and appropriate, require parents to participate
in meeting the dispositional requirements imposed on the juvenile by the
'(G) have consulted with any units of local government responsible for
secure youth correctional facilities in setting priorities for
construction, development, expansion and modification, operation or
improvement of juvenile facilities, and to the extent practicable, ensure
that the needs of entities currently administering juvenile facilities
are addressed; and
'(H) have in place or are putting in place systems to provide
objective evaluations of State and local juvenile justice systems to
determine such systems' effectiveness in protecting the community,
reducing recidivism, and ensuring compliance with dispositions.'.
(b) Preference in Payments Under Section 242(J) of Immigration and
Nationality Act. - Section 242(j)(4) of the Immigration and Nationality
Act (8 U.S.C. 1252(j)(4)) is amended by adding at the end the following:
'(C) In carrying out paragraph (1)(A), the Attorney General shall give
preference in making payments to States and political subdivisions of
States which are ineligible for payments under section 508 of the Violent
Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994.'.
SEC. 102. CONFORMING AMENDMENTS.
(a) Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968. -
(1) Part v. - Part V of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe
Streets Act of 1968 is repealed.
(2) Funding. - (A) Section 1001(a) of the Omnibus Crime Control and
Safe Streets Act of 1968 is amended by striking paragraph (20).
(B) Notwithstanding the provisions of subparagraph (A), any funds that
remain available to an applicant under paragraph (20) of title I of the
Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 shall be used in
accordance with part V of such Act as such Act was in effect on the day
preceding the date of enactment of this Act.
(b) Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. -
(1) Repeal. - (A) Subtitle A of title II of the Violent Crime Control
and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 is repealed.
(B) The table of contents of the Violent Crime Control and Law
Enforcement Act of 1994 is amended by striking the matter relating to
subtitle A of title II.
(2) Compliance. - Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (1), any
funds that remain available to an applicant under subtitle A of title II
of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 shall be
used in accordance with such subtitle as such subtitle was in effect on
the day preceding the date of enactment of this Act.
(3) Truth-in-sentencing. - The table of contents of the Violent
Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 is amended by striking the
matter relating to title V and inserting the following:
'TITLE V - TRUTH-IN-SENTENCING GRANTS
'Sec. 501. Authorization of grants.
'Sec. 502. General grants.
'Sec. 503. Truth-in-sentencing grants.
'Sec. 504. Special rules.
'Sec. 505. Formula for grants.
'Sec. 506. Accountability.
'Sec. 507. Authorization of appropriations.
'Sec. 508. Definitions.'.
TITLE II - STOPPING ABUSIVE PRISONER LAWSUITS
SEC. 201. EXHAUSTION REQUIREMENT. Section 7(a)(1) of the Civil Rights
of Institutionalized Persons Act (42 U.S.C. 1997e) is amended -
(1) by striking 'in any action brought' and inserting 'no action shall
(2) by striking 'the court shall' and all that follows through
'require exhaustion of' and insert 'until'; and
(3) by inserting 'are exhausted' after 'available'.
SEC. 202. FRIVOLOUS ACTIONS. Section 7(a) of the Civil Rights of
Institutionalized Persons Act (42 U.S.C. 1997e(a)) is amended by adding
at the end the following:
'(3) The court shall on its own motion or on motion of a party dismiss
any action brought pursuant to section 1979 of the Revised Statutes of
the United States by an adult convicted of a crime and confined in any
jail, prison, or other correctional facility if the court is satisfied
that the action fails to state a claim upon which relief can be granted
or is frivolous or malicious.'.
SEC. 203. MODIFICATION OF REQUIRED MINIMUM STANDARDS. Section 7(b)(2)
of the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (42 U.S.C.
1997e(b)(2)) is amended by striking subparagraph (A) and redesignating
subparagraphs (B) through (E) as subparagraphs (A) through (D),
SEC. 204. PROCEEDINGS IN FORMA PAUPERIS.
(a) Dismissal. - Section 1915(d) of title 28, United States Code, is
(1) by inserting 'at any time' after 'counsel and may';
(2) by striking 'and may' and inserting 'and shall';
(3) by inserting 'fails to state a claim upon which relief may be
granted or' after 'that the action'; and
(4) by inserting 'even if partial filing fees have been imposed by the
court' before the period.
(b) Prisoner's Statement of Assets. - Section 1915 of title 28,
United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
'(f) If a prisoner in a correctional institution files an affidavit in
accordance with subsection (a) of this section, such prisoner shall
include in that affidavit a statement of all assets such prisoner
possesses. The court shall make inquiry of the correctional institution
in which the prisoner is incarcerated for information available to that
institution relating to the extent of the prisoner's assets. The court
shall require full or partial payment of filing fees according to the
prisoner's ability to pay.'.
TITLE III - STOP TURNING OUT PRISONERS
SEC. 301. APPROPRIATE REMEDIES FOR PRISON CONDITIONS.
(a) In General. - Section 3626 of title 18, United States Code, is
amended to read as follows:
'Sec. 3626. Appropriate remedies with respect to prison conditions
'(a) Requirements for Relief. -
'(1) Limitations on prospective relief. - Prospective relief in a
civil action with respect to prison conditions shall extend no further
than necessary to remove the conditions that are causing the deprivation
of the Federal rights of individual plaintiffs in that civil action. The
court shall not grant or approve any prospective relief unless the court
finds that such relief is narrowly drawn and the least intrusive means to
remedy the violation of the Federal right. In determining the
intrusiveness of the relief, the court shall give substantial weight to
any adverse impact on public safety or the operation of a criminal
justice system caused by the relief.
'(2) Prison population reduction relief. - In any civil action with
respect to prison conditions, the court shall not grant or approve any
relief whose purpose or effect is to reduce or limit the prison
population, unless the plaintiff proves that crowding is the primary
cause of the deprivation of the Federal right and no other relief will
remedy that deprivation.
'(b) Termination of Relief. -
'(1) Automatic termination of prospective relief after 2-year period.
- In any civil action with respect to prison conditions, any
prospective relief shall automatically terminate 2 years after the later
'(A) the date the court found the violation of a Federal right that
was the basis for the relief; or
'(B) the date of the enactment of the Stop Turning Out Prisoners Act.
'(2) Immediate termination of prospective relief. - In any civil
action with respect to prison conditions, a defendant or intervenor shall
be entitled to the immediate termination of any prospective relief, if
that relief was approved or granted in the absence of a finding by the
court that prison conditions violated a Federal right.
'(c) Procedure for Motions Affecting Prospective Relief. -
'(1) Generally. - The court shall promptly rule on any motion to
modify or terminate prospective relief in a civil action with respect to
'(2) Automatic stay. - Any prospective relief subject to a pending
motion shall be automatically stayed during the period -
'(A) beginning on the 30th day after such motion is filed, in the case
of a motion made under subsection (b); and
'(B) beginning on the 180th day after such motion is filed, in the
case of a motion made under any other law; and ending on the date the
court enters a final order ruling on that motion.
'(d) Standing. - Any Federal, State, or local official or unit of
'(1) whose jurisdiction or function includes the prosecution or
custody of persons in a prison subject to; or
'(2) who otherwise is or may be affected by; any relief whose purpose
or effect is to reduce or limit the prison population shall have standing
to oppose the imposition or continuation in effect of that relief and may
intervene in any proceeding relating to that relief. Standing shall be
liberally conferred under this subsection so as to effectuate the
remedial purposes of this section.
'(e) Special Masters. - In any civil action in a Federal court with
respect to prison conditions, any special master or monitor shall be a
United States magistrate and shall make proposed findings on the record
on complicated factual issues submitted to that special master or monitor
by the court, but shall have no other function. The parties may not by
consent extend the function of a special master beyond that permitted
under this subsection.
'(f) Attorney's Fees. - No attorney's fee under section 722 of the
Revised Statutes of the United States (42 U.S.C. 1988) may be granted to
a plaintiff in a civil action with respect to prison conditions except to
the extent such fee is -
'(1) directly and reasonably incurred in proving an actual violation
of the plaintiff's Federal rights; and
'(2) proportionally related to the extent the plaintiff obtains court
ordered relief for that violation.
'(g) Definitions. - As used in this section -
'(1) the term 'prison' means any Federal, State, or local facility
that incarcerates or detains juveniles or adults accused of, convicted
of, sentenced for, or adjudicated delinquent for, violations of criminal
'(2) the term 'relief' means all relief in any form which may be
granted or approved by the court, and includes consent decrees and
settlement agreements (except a settlement agreement the breach of which
is not subject to any court enforcement other than reinstatement of the
civil proceeding which such agreement settled); and
'(3) the term 'prospective relief' means all relief other than
compensatory monetary damages.'.
(b) Application of Amendment. - Section 3626 of title 18, United
States Code, as amended by this section, shall apply with respect to all
relief (as defined in such section) whether such relief was originally
granted or approved before, on, or after the date of the enactment of
(c) Clerical Amendment. - The item relating to section 3626 in the
table of sections at the beginning of subchapter C of chapter 229 of
title 18, United States Code, is amended by striking 'crowding' and
TITLE IV - ENHANCING PROTECTION AGAINST INCARCERATED CRIMINALS
SEC. 401. PRISON SECURITY.
(a) In General. - Chapter 303 of title 18, United States Code, is
amended by adding at the end the following new section:
'Sec. 4048. Strength-training of prisoners prohibited
'The Bureau of Prisons shall ensure that -
'(1) prisoners under its jurisdiction do not engage in any physical
activities designed to increase their fighting ability; and
'(2) all equipment designed for increasing the strength or fighting
ability of prisoners promptly be removed from Federal correctional
facilities and not be introduced into such facilities thereafter except
as needed for a medically required program of physical rehabilitation
approved by the Director of the Bureau of Prisons.'.
(b) Clerical Amendment. - The table of sections at the beginning of
chapter 303 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the
end the following new item: '4048. Strength-training of prisoners
TITLE V - PRISON CONDITIONS
SEC. 501. PRISON CONDITIONS.
(a) In General. - The Attorney General shall by rule establish
standards regarding conditions in the Federal prison system that provide
prisoners the least amount of amenities and personal comforts consistent
with Constitutional requirements and good order and discipline in the
Federal prison system.
(b) Rule of Construction. - Nothing in this section shall be construed
to establish or recognize any minimum rights or standards for prisoners.
SEC. 502. ANNUAL REPORT. The director of the Bureau of Prisons shall
submit to Congress on or before December 31 of each year, beginning on
December 31, 1995, a report setting forth the amount spent at each
Federal correctional facility under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of
Prisons for each of the following items:
(1) The minimal requirements necessary to maintain custody and
security of prisoners.
(2) Basic nutritional needs.
(3) Essential medical services.
(4) Amenities and programs beyond the scope of the items referred to
in paragraphs (1) through (3), including but not limited to -
(A) recreational programs and facilities;
(B) vocational and educational programs; and
(C) counseling services, together with the rationale for spending on
each category and empirical data, if any, supporting such rationale.
TITLE VI - COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS
SEC. 601. BUREAU OF PRISONS COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS.
(a) In General. - Chapter 303 of title 18, United States Code, is
amended by adding at the end the following:
'Sec. 4047. Community service projects
'(a) Subject to the limitations of subsection (b), the Chief Executive
Officer of a Federal penal or correctional facility may, as part of an
inmate work program, provide services to private, nonprofit
organizations, as defined in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue
Code of 1986, or to a component of any State government or political
subdivision thereof. Such services shall be provided pursuant to rules
prescribed by the Attorney General.
'(b) Services provided under subsection (a) -
'(1) shall be used only for the benefit of the recipient entity and
not for the benefit of any individual or organization other than the
'(2) shall not displace an employee of the recipient or result in a
reduction in hours, wages, or employment benefits of any employee of the
(b) Clerical Amendment. - The table of chapters at the beginning of
chapter 303, title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the
end the following new item: '4047. Community service projects.'.
TITLE VII - PRISON COMMISSARY ADMINISTRATION
SEC. 701. ADMINISTRATION OF FEDERAL PRISON COMMISSARIES. Section 4043
of title 18, United States Code, is amended by striking the current
language and inserting the following:
'(a) The Director of the Bureau of Prisons may establish, operate, and
maintain commissaries in Federal penal or correctional facilities, from
and through which articles and services may be procured, sold, rendered,
or otherwise provided or made available for the benefit of inmates
confined within those facilities. Only those articles or services
authorized by the Director of the Bureau of Prisons may be procured from
or through prison commissaries for the use of inmates.
'(b) There is established in the Treasury of the United States a
revolving fund to be called the Prison Commissary Fund which shall be
available to the Federal Bureau of Prisons without fiscal-year limitation
to carry out the purposes, functions and powers authorized by this
section. Funds currently on deposit in the 'Commissary Funds, Federal
Prisons' account of the Treasury shall be transferred to the Prison
'(c) The Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons may accept gifts or
bequests of money for credit to the Fund. The Director may also accept
gifts or bequests of other property, real or personal, for use or other
disposition by the Bureau of Prisons. A gift or bequest under this
section is a gift or bequest to or for the use of the United States under
the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (26 U.S.C. 1 et seq.).
'(d) Amounts in the Prison Commissary Fund which are not currently
needed for operations shall be kept on deposit or invested in obligations
of, or guaranteed by, the United States and all earnings on such
investments shall be deposited in the Prison Commissary Fund.
'(e) There shall be deposited in the Fund, subject to withdrawal by
the Federal Bureau of Prisons -
'(1) revenues received from the sale of articles through prison
'(2) revenues received from services rendered by prison commissaries;
'(3) a gift or bequest of money for credit to the Fund;
'(4) proceeds from the sale or disposal of donated property, real or
personal, for credit to the Fund; and
'(5) earnings or interest which may be derived from investments of the
'(f) The Fund shall be available for the payment of any expenses
incurred by the Federal Bureau of Prisons in establishing, operating, and
maintaining prison commissaries and the Prison Commissary Fund, including
the employment of personnel, the purchase of equipment, security-related
or otherwise, and those expenses incurred in the provision of articles or
services procured, sold, rendered, or otherwise provided or made
available to inmates.
'(g) The Director of the Bureau of Prisons is authorized to use monies
from the Prison Commissary Fund for the general welfare of inmates. No
inmate shall be entitled to any portion of the Fund.
'(h) Employees compensated by or through the Prison Commissary Fund
may be assigned additional duties other than those directly related to
'(i) The provisions of sections 554 and 555 and 701 through 706 of
title 5, United States Code, do not apply to the making of any
determination, decision, or order under this section.'.
SEC. 702. TECHNICAL AMENDMENT. Section 1321(b) of title 31, United
States Code, is amended by striking 'Commissary Funds, Federal Prisons'.
Passed the House of Representatives February 10, 1995.
ROBIN H. CARLE, Clerk.
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