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house Bill H.R. 2957

Should Convicted Terrorists Be Ineligible for Early Release from Federal Prison?

Argument in favor

Convicted terrorists have committed serious offenses against the U.S. and global security. They shouldn’t be eligible for early release from federal prison because of the risk that they’ll return to their terror group and go back to posing a threat to public safety.

James's Opinion
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12/08/2019
Convicted terrorist should be given the death penalty! Period!
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JTJ's Opinion
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12/08/2019
Convicted terrorists should receive the death penalty.
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verymary's Opinion
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12/09/2019
Terrorists rarely forget their murderous intent. The system doesn't need to give them second chances.
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Argument opposed

Terrorists are entitled to the same opportunity for early release as any other prisoner. To date, no released terrorist has returned to terrorist activities against the U.S. — so there’s no reason to rule out the possibility of allowing early release for such persons.

burrkitty's Opinion
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12/08/2019
Dumb. Law is already law. Certain classes of criminal offenders are not eligible for consideration for parole.These generally include repeat offenders and violent offenders. These groups are generally not eligible for early release because their status as repeat and violent offenders renders them, in the eyes of the law, as a threat to the safety of the community into which they would be released. Individuals serving sentences for federal crimes are generally not eligible for parole release. Through the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984, Congress eliminated essentially eliminated parole for federal defendants who were convicted of crimes committed after November 1, 1987. Ergo: People convicted of terrorism are ALREADY INELIGIBLE. And this bill is a showboating waste of time and money that doesn’t do a damn thing. The GOP hopes people are stupid.
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jimK's Opinion
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12/09/2019
Election year garbage legislation so a Congressman has something to point to and convince their constituents that they actually did something. Early Release programs are not automatically available to all convicts. There is criteria regarding the nature of the crime, their role in crimes that they participated in, plaintiff concerns and an evaluation of their true rehabilitation. If the criteria for these determinations needs some adjustment to include those criteria pertinent to classes of ‘terrorists’, ask the people responsible for preparing those criteria to address them. No new legislation is needed, especially not a one-size-fits-all sentencing mandate. While this ‘sounds’ good especially for terrorists it is basically just not fair. Our laws apply to everyone, not just citizens- and need to be applied uniformly to all. No more useless new legislation for election year ‘creds’. It is a waste of time, effort and money. No more one-side-fits-all legislative mandates to remove due ‘judgement’ from the process.
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J. scott's Opinion
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12/08/2019
Just congressional grandstanding in their lawmaking. There are already strong laws against terrorism and I don’t see being easy on Terrorism as a problem. Moreover, it won’t prove more of a deterrent since it doesn’t add anything and Terrorist are not criminals that spend any time caring what happens to them.
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    Convicted terrorist should be given the death penalty! Period!
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    Dumb. Law is already law. Certain classes of criminal offenders are not eligible for consideration for parole.These generally include repeat offenders and violent offenders. These groups are generally not eligible for early release because their status as repeat and violent offenders renders them, in the eyes of the law, as a threat to the safety of the community into which they would be released. Individuals serving sentences for federal crimes are generally not eligible for parole release. Through the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984, Congress eliminated essentially eliminated parole for federal defendants who were convicted of crimes committed after November 1, 1987. Ergo: People convicted of terrorism are ALREADY INELIGIBLE. And this bill is a showboating waste of time and money that doesn’t do a damn thing. The GOP hopes people are stupid.
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    Election year garbage legislation so a Congressman has something to point to and convince their constituents that they actually did something. Early Release programs are not automatically available to all convicts. There is criteria regarding the nature of the crime, their role in crimes that they participated in, plaintiff concerns and an evaluation of their true rehabilitation. If the criteria for these determinations needs some adjustment to include those criteria pertinent to classes of ‘terrorists’, ask the people responsible for preparing those criteria to address them. No new legislation is needed, especially not a one-size-fits-all sentencing mandate. While this ‘sounds’ good especially for terrorists it is basically just not fair. Our laws apply to everyone, not just citizens- and need to be applied uniformly to all. No more useless new legislation for election year ‘creds’. It is a waste of time, effort and money. No more one-side-fits-all legislative mandates to remove due ‘judgement’ from the process.
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    Convicted terrorists should receive the death penalty.
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    Just congressional grandstanding in their lawmaking. There are already strong laws against terrorism and I don’t see being easy on Terrorism as a problem. Moreover, it won’t prove more of a deterrent since it doesn’t add anything and Terrorist are not criminals that spend any time caring what happens to them.
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    Terrorists rarely forget their murderous intent. The system doesn't need to give them second chances.
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    Domestic or foreign terrorist? Remember in the 50s with the communist scare, common citizens were considered to be terrorists. our country has a way of manipulating the truth to serve its own purpose. Remember the patriot act. Anyone can be arrested, held without representation forever ... Yes there needs to be justice But let’s also remember that lots of people were held without cause.. Let’s also remember the interment camps of the early 1940’s They too were considered terrorists
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    They should be put to death. We shouldn’t have to pay for their keep and if they are released they could be responsible for future deaths. Eliminate them! Harsh but it needs to happen
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    Why on earth would you let these animals out, just execute them. #MAGA
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    Terrorists pose serious threats to national security and to the lives of hundreds or thousands of people. We need to take their actions very strictly and not give them early release to prison simply because of good behavior. People who pose those kinds of threats are very dangerous to the public and there should be zero tolerance towards them.
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    They must never get out.
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    Often we wish to believe that good behavior in an environment that is strictly controlled represents a renouncement or contrition for believes or behaviors that contributed to their incarceration. Good behavior in confinement may mean that there may be no opportunity for further terrorist behavior. The confinement itself may offer greater radicalizing influences and greater access to those who have similar beliefs. Incarceration may offer greater training and networking. This is one major reason we should not make incarceration a growth industry. They become universities for the advancement of criminals. Many of the people who find themselves incarcerated may have chosen a different path if not forced to live with the truly violent elements in our society. Back to topic: No, the release of a terrorist before they serve their full sentence should be based on individual evaluations and release is granted by the same authority the pasted the sentence.
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    This bill is based in paranoia and myth. There is no proof that someone incarcerated for a terrorist act will do so again after release. If they’re imprisoned under our laws they’re also subject to release under those same laws
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    Terrorists are entitled to the same opportunity for early release as any other prisoner. To date, no released terrorist has returned to terrorist activities against the U.S. — so there’s no reason to rule out the possibility of allowing early release for such persons.
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    Terrorists should be incarcerated forever. When they get out they will do it again.
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    First of all this bill is assuming that the person convicted is guilty. One of the things about our trial system is that people are convicted of crimes that they did not commit in the heat of the moment. Second the people who are with a person in jail would know their mind best. They should be given the same opportunity as anyone else to be rehabilitated. Terrorists are entitled to the same opportunity for early release as any other prisoner. To date, no released terrorist has returned to terrorist activities against the U.S. — so there’s no reason to rule out the possibility of allowing early release for such persons. Terrorists are less likely to return to their way of life than people who are let out all the time who have committed mass murder or are serial abusers. They are more of a threat than terrorists.
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    “Do the crime, serve the time”. Terrorism isn’t shoplifting 😡
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    Reform the justice system and rehabilitate our fellow citizens. If anything, showing that we take care of those most opposed, shows a measured hand in dealing with issues.
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    Convicted terrorists should be shot!
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    They should be terminated, not jailed!
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