Press Release: NARSOL Condemns U.S. Attorney General Sessions

 

 

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NARSOL condemns US Attorney General Sessions' plan to impose longer prison sentences

Washington, D.C.— The National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws (NARSOL) strongly denounces the Department of Justice’s directive to reverse the Smart on Crime initiative introduced by the previous administrationNARSOL condemns United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ order to federal prosecutors directing that they seek maximum sentences. The length of sentence imposed at the end of a prosecution is the direct result of which charges are initially filed and the enhancements sought by the government.

NARSOL views this policy reversal as misguided and financially irresponsible as it will undoubtedly lead to longer periods of incarceration for everyone convicted of federal offenses. The Sessions' policy is a drastic shift from the orders given by former Attorney General Holder in 2013 when he directed federal prosecutors to reserve the harshest charges for violent criminals and the leaders of drug cartels and urged more leniency to non-violent offenders.

NARSOL fears this order will only exacerbate what is already a serious problem of excessive sentences for those convicted of these crimes, which are primarily possession or distribution of child pornography. Because of this new order, the already harsh penalties will become more extreme and greater than the penalties for hands-on, violent offenses. Sometimes the sentences imposed for possession of child pornography exceed the natural lifespan of the person. More than 15,000 inmates are currently in federal custody serving time for these sexually related offenses.  Although the Smart on Crime initiative was not specifically tailored to reduce the excessive sentences imposed for sexual offenses, it was a significant step in the right direction, which has now, by virtue of Sessions’ order, come to an abrupt halt.

NARSOL notes that the federal prison population has declined significantly in recent years from a high of 219,298 in FY 2013 to the current total of 188,797. The decrease in the number of federal prisoners was produced by several policy changes orchestrated by the U.S. Sentencing Commission and through the now-rescinded DOJ Smart on Crime directive. NARSOL views this current action as a tragic step backwards and calls on Congress to undo Sessions’ order and continue the Smart on Crime initiative.

NARSOL does not in any way condone sexual activity between adults and children, nor does it condone any sexual activity that would break laws in any state. We do not advocate lowering the age of consent, and we have no affiliation with any group that does condone such activities.

LJC agrees with and supports this statement.

 

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Bill Tracking March 12

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Bill Tracking Table March 5, 2017

Bill Tracking Table March 5, 2017

Bill Number

Subject/Title

Sponsor(s)

LJC’s Position

Committee/Status

Date Scheduled

HB 13

Three Strikes Law

Rhem (R)

Oppose

Likely Dead

Tabled as of 1-26-17

HB 14

Statute of Limitations

Rhem (R)

Oppose

Received “Do Pass” from CPAC

Now in HJC

Hearing Not Scheduled  

HB 21

Habitual Offender Enhancements

Rhem (R)

Oppose

CPAC

Hearing Not Scheduled 

HB 43

Sexual Offense Definitions

Youngblood & Clachischilliage
(R)

Neutral

CPAC voted “Do Pass”

HJC substituted the bill and voted “Do Pass”

HAFC voted “Do Pass”

Now on House Floor    

HB 54

Additional Felonies for Habitual Sentencing

Gentry (R)

Opposed

CPAC substituted bill and voted “Do Pass”

Now in HJC

No Hearing Scheduled 

HB 71

Communication of Images to Minors

Fajardo (R)

Neutral

Received “Do Pass” from CPAC Received “Do Pass from HJC

HAFC voted “Do Pass”

Now on House Floor    

HB 72

Reinstate Death Penalty

Youngblood (R)

Oppose

CPAC with Hearing scheduled for 3-5-17

HB 115

Youthful Offenders Transfer to Adult Court

Youngblood (R)

Undetermined

HSIVC

Status Unknown

No hearing scheduled

HB 353

Elimination of Statue of Limitation

Mastes-Barnes (R)

Opposed

CPAC

Hearing Scheduled 3-7-17

HB 443

Sex Offender Registration and Notification Amendments

Herrell (R)

Opposed

CPAC

Hearing Scheduled 3-7-17

SB 45

Termination of Certain Parental Rights

Ivey-Soto & Louis (D)

Concerned regarding some language

 

Passed Senate

Now in House assigned to CPAC and HJC   

No Hearing Scheduled

SB 91

Childhood Sexual Abuse Civil Statute of Limitations

Papen (D)

Neutral  

SJC substituted the bill with improved language and recommended
“Do Pass”

Now on Senate Floor.

SB 160

Increase Child Enticement Penalties and Age

Gould (R)

Oppose

SPAC voted “No Rec.”

Now in SJC

Hearing Scheduled 3-6-17

SB 216

Parole Board Procedures

O’Neill

Support

Passed Senate

Now in House assigned to

HSIVC

No Hearing Scheduled

Key to Committees

 

CPAC:     House
Consumer & Public Affairs

HJC:        House
Judiciary Committee

SJC:         Senate
Judiciary Committee

SPAC:     Senate
Public Affairs

SFC:        Senate
Finance Committee

HSIVC:    House
State Government, Indian & Veterans' Affairs

HAFC:     House Appropriations & Finance
Committee

 

 

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Notice of Election LJC Board of Directors

NOTICE OF ELECTIONS

FOR LJC BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  You are hereby notified that Liberty & Justice Coalition (LJC) will hold an important meeting on Sunday March 20, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in room 2403 of the UNM School of Law. The address is 1117 Stanford NE, Albuquerque.

The primary business of the meeting is the election of individuals to serve on the Board of Directors. All members in good standing who have paid their 2016 dues are eligible to vote. If you have not paid 2016 dues, you may do so now by clicking the Red "Join Now"  button. All members and donors will receive an election packet by mail with specially marked envelope for returning the ballot.

The election process is designed to keep your vote secret so please do not put your name or any identifying information on the ballot or the small envelope. After you have marked your ballot, please place it in the pre-addressed envelope and return to us right away. All ballots must be in our possession no later than Saturday March 19th to be counted at the meeting on Sunday. It is important that you use the envelope we provide to assure that your ballot is not opened until the meeting.

A short biography of each nominee will be included with the election packet. After reviewing each nominee, please mark your ballot with “accept” or “reject” by each person’s name. Any nominee receiving more votes to accept will be duly elected to serve a two-year term on the LJC board of directors.

If you have questions, please call Rick Dean at 505 832-4291.

Sincerely,

Rick Dean, Chair

LJC Board of Directors

 

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