H.R.1529 - Second Chance for Ex-Offenders Act of 2009

To permit expungement of records of certain nonviolent criminal offenses. view all titles (2)

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  • Short: Second Chance for Ex-Offenders Act of 2009 as introduced.
  • Official: To permit expungement of records of certain nonviolent criminal offenses. as introduced.

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  • CamWall 03/21/2009 11:38am

    This bill makes sense. No taxpayer expense, puts people back to work, gives people incentive to become productive. Should reduce recidivism and unemployment.

  • tjenkins 03/21/2009 11:49am

    Write or fax your congressman. Let’s get this bill into law this time.

  • ChrisDeel 03/22/2009 4:40am

    The second chance bill is long overdue. We need our justice system to treat everyone fairly, and with some common sense.

  • DaveE 03/26/2009 4:56am

    Our justice system is out of balance. The wealthy and powerful get breaks like pretrial diversion and other considerations. This will even things out a little.

  • lamarbraden 03/28/2009 6:00am

    Sounds good to me.

  • RedStinett 03/28/2009 12:27pm

    Encourage your congress rep to cosponsor this bill!!

  • darnellreed 03/29/2009 8:18pm

    Opportunities for expungement of old, non-violent convictions is available at the state level in many if not all states. There’s also pretrial diversion and special favors for rich well-connected people already. H.R. 1529 would just bring some fairness into the system, and it is greatly needed.

  • HaveMercy2 04/08/2009 7:34am

    Dear Representative – Please lend your support to H.R. 1529 – The Second Chance for Ex-Offenders Act of 2009 [HR 1529] which would permit expungement of records of certain nonviolent criminal offenses. Without the possibility of expungement, first time offenders are doomed to a life of menial employment, government dependency or recidivism. Expungement as a legal remedy offers hope to those without access to decent employment. Supporting H.R. 1529 The Second Chance for Ex-Offenders Act of 2009 – hope gives incentive for rehabilitation and for becoming a productive member of society making positive economic gives incentive for rehabilitation and becoming a productive member of society making positive economic and social contributions. They have also acquired marketable skills only to find out they cannot receive gainful employment because of their Expungement will enable certain ex-offenders to seek and find employment, and will reduce the amount of tax dollars spent on welfare.

  • robertatwood 04/10/2009 7:40pm

    To the House Judiciary Committee: Please do not let this bill die this session. There are millions of people who have been waiting for this sensible and decent bill to finally be enacted. We are watching you, our representatives, and counting on you to not let us down again.

  • GeorgeWalker 04/11/2009 11:25am

    This is actually a crime reduction bill, and it’s free – probably will add money to the tax rolls with more people able to pull their own weight and support their families and communities.

  • mmiranda1785 04/13/2009 2:50pm

    House Judiciary Committee: H.R.1529 The Second Chance for Ex-Offenders Act of 2009 -Please, do not let this bill die this session like in 2003 H.R. 1434; 2005 H.R. 662; 2007 H.R. 623. Due to current Federal Policy, First Time, Non-Violent Offenders whom have paid their time and full restitution; must spend the REST OF THEIR LIVES bearing the stigma of a Federal Felony. This is not Justice, when the offender has PAID HIS FULL DEBT TO SOCIETY. -Without the possibility of expungment of the records, offenders are doomed to a life of menial employment and a cycle of poverty and recidivism. -This bill will not cost taxpayers any money but will add thousands of new taxpayers to the system; it gives incentive for people who have made a mistake and paid their dues to obey the law and contribute to society; what good does it do to get a degree and not be able to get a good job. -The existing system just encourages people to give up. -PLEASE, PASS THIS BILL. -THIS BILL IS HUMANE.

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    HadEnough 05/01/2009 4:41pm

    Right on the money. People have got to get up and contact their representatives, House & Senate and not just once but as many times as it takes to let them know that the people still run this country

  • DaleHargrove 04/18/2009 7:05am

    The Judiciary Committee meets next week. Call or Fax every member of that committee you can and urge them to support this bill. My congressman is Ed Whitfield, who will probably just do nothing constructive as usual, but if you are fortunate enough to live in a district with a congressman who actually wants to make the country stronger and offer a better opportunity to the people in your district, please don’t hesitate! Call your congressman/congresswoman!!!

  • justsam 04/20/2009 10:07am

    Call the House Judiciary Committee and encourage them to work for passage of this bill. The number is: 202-225-3951. It will only take a minute, and we need to let them know that thousands (millions?) of people really need this decent opportunity to regain their lives.
    THanks.

  • JacksonBrown 04/21/2009 4:33am

    I don’t understand why anyone would oppose this bill, unless they profit somehow from the disenfranchisment of other people.

  • RamWhite 04/25/2009 2:48pm

    Why is this bill not moving forward? What in the world is it going to take for our congress reps to finally take this seriously? Who do they work for? Do we have to be rich lobbyists for anyone to do anything? Our votes count. We are watching our reps and wondering why they only serve the already powerful and influential.

  • SamDeMille 04/27/2009 3:53am

    Call John Conyers, chair of the Judiciary – he’s the hold-up.

  • sherbert 04/27/2009 4:08am

    A lifelong stigma serves no constructive purpose. This bill will give people back their lives, and give them incentive to never break the law. Otherwise, they have nothing. They are lumped in with violent offenders and career criminals, and cannot find decent employment. They are discriminated against for the rest of their lives, no matter what good they could otherwise accomplish.

  • dmnqdv 04/28/2009 2:14pm

    I am 100% for this bill. I agree that there are some folks (such as myself) who screwed up when they were younger and have made a complete turnaround and could really benefit from this.

  • melsteinberg909 04/29/2009 9:41am

    This is a really good idea. Put violent offenders in prison, put people like Madoff or Ken Lay in prison and make them pay people back. Don’t try to convince ourselves that putting small-time, non-violent people in prison for long sentences, than branding them as felons for the rest of their lives is any substitute for working to stop crime.

  • HadEnough 05/01/2009 4:36pm

    There are hundreds of thousands of first time non-violent ex-offenders who are, in effect, serving a life sentence without having been sentenced to such by any court and must spend the rest of their lives bearing the stigma of a federal felony conviction. Not even a Presidential pardon will clear an offender’s name. This gross miscarriage of justice must be changed.

    More importantly you must contact your representatives, all of them, Senators and Representatives and once won’t do it. You have to pound them. Remember, they don’t want to appear “soft on crime” and truth to tell, most just don’t care. We can change that. We must make them remember that “We the People” still run this country. We hired them and we can fire them. This bill is the most human and humane bill that you will find. Get to work don’t let this bill die again.

  • HadEnough 05/02/2009 12:17pm

    Please go to the following site where you may sign a petition in support of this bill. Signing will also send a letter to your Senator/Congressman telling them to support HR1529. Time is short ACT NOW
    http://www.change.org/actions/view/a_second_chance_for_first_time_non-violent_federal_offenders

  • 2AchieveAgain 05/14/2009 9:59am

    Dear Honorable John Conyers, and the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security:

    Please report on and move this Bill H.R. 1529 into the House so it can be voted on. It is basically the same bill you reviewed in 2003, 2005 and 2007. Please have a Heart. This Bill is a win-win for our communities and for our society. It will not require scarce tax dollars to fund. The 10-million and counting of us – you and the DoJ have awarded a Life Sentence (not very different from the justice meted out in countries such as China, Iran and N. Korea) to need to rejoin society, live in safe places, send our children to college, volunteer and mentor the next generation. Please show the World – these the United States of America – is a country of Mercy & Justice (and second chances). Thank you and may God Bless America!

  • jaime woodard the founder of we deserve our lives back.com ( jaimel woodard@gmail.com),thomas kinney change.org under the heading second chance for ex-offenders and leann mckel are determined to see that hr 1529 becomes law we need your help please join hr1529yahoo.com or e-mail ME JAIMELWOODARD@GMAIL.com

  • HadEnough 06/17/2009 8:29am

    This bill is going nowhere. We at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/support_of_hr1529/ may have the reason why. Join us.

  • HadEnough 06/17/2009 8:35am

    ToJudiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers.Sir, as you may be aware this legislation H.R.1529 was originally introduced to the 106th Congress in October of the year 2000 as H.R.5433 and has been reintroduced as a new bill to each subsequent session, 107th through 110th, since. This is a span of more than eight years and in each and every session to date the bill has never been passed from the Judiciary Committee to the full House of Representatives for their consideration and action.

    Join us at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/support_of_hr1529/ for more information.

  • HadEnough 06/17/2009 8:37am

    Chairman Conyers, we are now in the 111th session of Congress and once more this legislation, H.R. 1529, is being held in committee and it seems that it will suffer the same fate as its predecessors. We are interested in why this has been the fate of the bill in each session since its first introduction in the year 2000. We have observed that in each of the previous introductions to the Congress, save the first, varying numbers of co-sponsors have voiced their support of this legislation yet in the current version there are no co-sponsors at all and our question is why?

    Join us at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/support_of_hr1529/ for more information

  • ChrisDeel 06/18/2009 11:23am

    Congressmen – Mr. Rangel, Mr. Conyers, Mr. Scott, we need this bill passed in this session. The reality is, no other bill matters to the many people and their families who are waiting on this bill. There are hundreds of thousands of one-time, non-violent offenders who are frustrated and desperate for this bill to finally pass. Let us rejoin society and get back to work supporting our families and our country. If you can’t lead this bill to successful passage this year, maybe we need new leaders. However, I believe that you are the leaders who could make this happen, if you will just realize how important it is to so many of your constituents. We are watching! Please don’t disappoint us yet again!!!

  • HadEnough 06/19/2009 3:52pm

    This bill is going nowhere unless we all come together.
    Join us at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/support_of_hr1529/ for more information. Our elected representatives are not doing the job that we pay them to do.

  • tashaun 06/23/2009 5:09pm

    Mr. Rangel – Call on your colleagues to cosponsor this bill. Don’t wait any longer, please!


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