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On behalf of NACDL, I urge you to pass the bipartisan Effective Assistance of Counsel in the Digital Era Act, H.R. 546/S. 3524, before the 117th Congress adjourns. The bill ensures that email communications between people in Federal Bureau of Prisons custody and their legal teams are protected with the same privilege as legal visits, letters, and phone calls. This legislation passed in the House with overwhelming bipartisan support in a 414-11 vote. The action by the House and bipartisan sponsorship for the Senate bill indicates a high level of support for this common-sense reform.
We write to express our continued opposition to S. 3951, the PROTECT Act of 2022. In addition to creating a new five-year mandatory minimum prison sentence for possession of child pornography, the bill would make certain federal sentencing guidelines mandatory, reversing almost two decades of reform ushered in by United States v. Booker. The bill would resurrect the failed and disproportionately severe sentencing policies of the past, with no corresponding benefit to public safety. We urge you to oppose it.
We are writing to express our strong opposition to S. 3951, the PROTECT Act of 2022. In addition to creating a new 5-year federal mandatory minimum prison sentence for possession of child pornography, the bill would overturn the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Booker and make certain federal sentencing guidelines mandatory. The bill would signal a return to failed policies of the past and threaten to undo all the progress you have made together to restore discretion and proportionality to federal sentencing.
Though well-intentioned, the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) is a broad and vague statute and any efforts should be focused on narrowing and clarifying its nebulous rules. NACDL believes that existing Department of Justice (DOJ) enforcement authority is sufficient to enforce the statute, as recent high-profile cases have shown, and that granting additional enforcement tools is neither warranted nor worth the risk of overreach.
Statement of Members of the Human Rights and Secruity Coalition before the Senate Judiciary Committee
Our coalition seeks to ensure that the United States’ national security policies abide by its human rights obligations. It does so by promoting transparency, accountability, and oversight in furtherance of our collective human security.
Letter to Senate leadership regarding federal sentencing reform proposals that begin to address shortcomings and disparities. See the COVID-19 Safer Detention Act of 2021 (S. 312), the First Step Implementation Act of 2021 (S. 1014), the Prohibiting Punishment of Acquitted Conduct Act of 2021 (S. 601), the EQUAL Act (S. 79), the Kenneth P. Thompson Begin Again Act (S. 2502), and the Driving for Opportunity Act (S. 998).
Coalition letter to House and Senate Judiciary Committee leadership and Congressional leadership regarding the sentencing and racial disparities between crack and powder cocaine offenses, as addressed in the Eliminating a Quantifiably Unjust Application of the Law (EQUAL) Act (S. 79 / H.R. 1693, 2021).