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house Bill H.R. 2471

Should the Feds Notify Local Law Enforcement When an Inmate Convicted of Terrorism is Released?

Argument in favor

The federal government has a responsibility to let local law enforcement know that an inmate convicted of international terrorism is released from custody. Several hundred such prisoners will be released in the coming years, and this bill formalizes the currently informal notification process.

Truly's Opinion
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09/12/2017
Local law enforcement should know, just like with sex offenders. This information should not be public however. If these people were released and have served their time, they do not need people harassing them. Remember that there is a gradient to any crime. There is a big difference in joining a group with sinister motives and actually committing an act of terrorism. Even the government has a hard time distinguishing a real threat when it sees it.
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Leo's Opinion
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09/12/2017
Such information needs to be disclosed as a first step in preventing future terrorist acts.
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Mark's Opinion
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09/12/2017
Seriously? Who would vote NO, other than terrorists, themselves?
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Argument opposed

Simply having a formal notification process for Homeland Security to communicate to local law enforcement that an inmate convicted of international terrorism is being released may not be enough to stop that ex-prisoner from returning to terrorism and helping to carry out an attack.

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09/12/2017
I agree that this bill should include domestic terrorists as more people have been killed in this country by those. I'm starting to find it difficult to agree to anything that this administration proposes.
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Lynne's Opinion
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09/12/2017
Add domestic terrorists. We can't be myopic.
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Becca's Opinion
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09/12/2017
If you want to make this bill you need to include domestic terrorist there just as if not more dangerous
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What is House Bill H.R. 2471?

This bill — known as the TRACER Act — would require that state and local law enforcement be notified when federal prisoners convicted of terrorism into their communities. The Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) would inform those agencies through the State, Local, and Regional Fusion Center Initiative and provide release information including the prisoner’s name, charging date, and expected place and date of release. Under current law this information isn’t required to be shared.

DHS would coordinate with appropriate federal officials to provide state, local, and regional fusion centers with periodic assessments regarding the overall threat from known or suspected terrorists currently incarcerated in a federal correctional facility.

The bill’s full title is the Terrorist Release Announcements to Counter Extremist Recidivism Act.

Impact

Inmates being released from federal prisons who were convicted of international terrorism; local law enforcement agencies; and DHS.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2471

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL) introduced this bill to require the federal government, through DHS, to share information about the release of individuals convicted of terrorism from prison with state and local law enforcement agencies:

“Every day, America’s public safety officers place themselves in harm’s way. For this they deserve not only our gratitude, but every tool necessary to keep our communities and families safe. That is why, as we observe National Police Week, I am introducing the TRACER Act, which will require the Department of Homeland Security to share information regarding potential terrorism risks with law enforcement at the local level. We have the best law enforcement in the world, and by encouraging them to work together, they will become an even stronger force against the evils of terrorism.”

Rutherford’s press release notes that in October 2015 the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) was incarcerating nearly 350 individuals with convictions linked to international terror groups. The BOP shared that between 2015-2020, 112 inmates with convictions related to international terrorism will be released, and another 100 will follow between 2021 and 2030.

This legislation passed the House Homeland Security Committee by voice vote and has the support of one cosponsor — Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX).


Of NoteA fusion center serves as a focal point within the state and local environment for the receipt, analysis, gathering, and sharing of threat-related information between the federal government and state, local, tribal, territorial, and private sector partners.


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Summary by Eric Revell

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AKA

Terrorist Release Announcements to Counter Extremist Recidivism Act

Official Title

To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to share with State, local, and regional fusion centers release information from a Federal correctional facility, including name, charging date, and expected place and date of release, of certain individuals who may pose a terrorist threat, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed September 12th, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Intelligence and Counterterrorism
      Committee on Homeland Security
    IntroducedMay 16th, 2017

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    Local law enforcement should know, just like with sex offenders. This information should not be public however. If these people were released and have served their time, they do not need people harassing them. Remember that there is a gradient to any crime. There is a big difference in joining a group with sinister motives and actually committing an act of terrorism. Even the government has a hard time distinguishing a real threat when it sees it.
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    I agree that this bill should include domestic terrorists as more people have been killed in this country by those. I'm starting to find it difficult to agree to anything that this administration proposes.
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    Add domestic terrorists. We can't be myopic.
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    If you want to make this bill you need to include domestic terrorist there just as if not more dangerous
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    I'm not sure why this is restricted to international terrorism. Seems like organized crime, domestic terrorism, and maybe some other areas like that should be included, too. The fact that they aren't makes this feel like a political play, not s practical one.
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    I would be in favor of this bill if it was amended to include domestic terrorists. Furthermore cop-killers and mass violence perpetrators (I. E. Those who murdered or injured greater than 10 people) should make the list.
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    Add domestic terrorists the majority of terror attacks we have had are homegrown not from abroad.
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    Seriously? Who would vote NO, other than terrorists, themselves?
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    Such information needs to be disclosed as a first step in preventing future terrorist acts.
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    I want to know why they would be released from prison. Terrorism is a form of treason, as far as I am concerned especially if they are a citizen of America. They should have been given life with out parole for ever.
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    Include those convicted of domestic terrorism.
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    Yes! Local law enforcement needs to know who is out and what to prepare for.
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    HR2471. My research did not provide sufficient information for an opinion. I assumed this type data was already available to state and local level. Cooperation between levels of law enforcement are assumed to be standard operating procedures. Once released from federal incarceration, whether paroled or time served, the question remains who continued to monitor actions to determine any terrorist activity. That should remain at the federal level.
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    Add domestic terrorists to the required reporting.
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    Just like sex offenders, they should be notified of anyone who would do harm to our nation.
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    Um yeah that's a no brainer. We see enough tragedy when abuse survivors aren't told when their abusers get out, you'd think that it would be common sense to warn that a dangerous maniac is loose, but no we have to tell grown adults to do the right thing with laws.
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    I think this is already being done.
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    These people have served their time, but that doesn't mean that local law enforcement shouldn't be aware of their presence. Local police should absolutely know when a convicted terrorist has been released.
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    Just more of the Republican fear-mongering. A lot of people convicted of terrorism are actually innocent but their skin is probably not white. And if they've done their time then they've paid their price to society. What next... are we going to start tracking every single person who leaves prison? This is just more noise and distraction by the Republicans to hide what they're really up to.
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    The federal government has a responsibility to let local law enforcement know that an inmate convicted of international terrorism is released from custody. Several hundred such prisoners will be released in the coming years, and this bill formalizes the currently informal notification process.
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