Crime, Issues

John Cornyn fails to fix mass prison break bill, violent felons will still go free under Senate plan

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“Because of the objections we’ve heard from some of our colleagues, we introduced in this amended version of the bill a categorical exclusion of those who have committed a serious crime as defined by federal law at any point in their life.”

That was Sen. John Cornyn claiming, with a straight face, that legislation he supports, which will release thousands of federal prison inmates, won’t in the process wind up result in violent criminals also being released early.

But it’s a lie.hardened criminals

To be clear. The Senate mass prison break bill will allow thousands of violent felons who committed assault to be eligible to leave jail early. It’s right there in the bill. Those who commit assault are only barred from leaving prison early if it was a “serious violent felony” under federal law, just as Cornyn said.

And that’s the problem. A “serious violent felony” assault only means sentences that carried a maximum of 10 years or more. Everybody who committed assault that carried a maximum of less than 10 years, including under state laws, will remain eligible for early release.

Including Wendell Callahan, the suspect in the Columbus, Ohio brutal triple murder of a mother and her two young daughters, who was deemed eligible for early release for his drug release under the 2010 Fair Sentencing Act that was retroactively applied by the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

Callahan had committed felonious assault in Ohio in 1999, but because it only carried a maximum five-year minimum at the time, it is not a “serious violent felony” under federal law, and he still would have been eligible for early release under the new bill.

This is not surprising. After all, the new bill is neither designed to revisit the 2010 Fair Sentencing Act nor the Commission’s retroactive application of it, it is only supposed to build upon it, letting additional classes of criminals go free beyond those already freed under the prior law.

In fact, the new bill will affirm the Commission’s retroactive sentence reductions under the 2010 law. Meaning, it will affirm Callahan’s early release.

Which is something members should know. If they vote for this bill, they are in effect affirming that releasing Callahan early was the right thing to do. No matter what Cornyn says, the unmistakable result of this “revised” legislation is that more people will become victims of early released criminals, and anyone who votes for the bill will be directly responsible for all their pain and suffering.

This is a guest post by Rick Manning President of Americans for Limited Government.
  • Frank W Brown

    A Country Founded by Geniuses but Run by Idiots! AND TYRANTS AND BUREAUCRAPS!!!

    If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but 
not for entering and remaining in the country illegally — you might 
live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or 
to take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion — you might 
live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If you MUST show your identification to board an airplane, cash a 
check, buy liquor, or check out a library book and rent a video, but not 
to vote for who runs the government — you might live in a nation that 
was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If the government wants to prevent stable, law-abiding citizens from 
owning gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds, but gives twenty 
F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt — you might live in a 
nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If, in the nation’s largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but 
not one 24-ounce soda, because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make 
you fat — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is
 run by idiots.

    If an 80-year-old woman or a three-year-old girl who is confined to a 
wheelchair can be strip-searched by the TSA at the airport, but a woman 
in a burka or a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head 
searched — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but 
is run by idiots.

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of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more — you might live in a 
nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

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teacher is “cute,” but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class 
in grade school is perfectly acceptable — you might live in a nation 
that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more 
government regulation and intrusion, while not working is rewarded with 
Food Stamps, WIC checks, Medicaid benefits, subsidized housing, and free
 cell phones — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses 
but is run by idiots.

    If the government’s plan for getting people back to work is to 
provide incentives for not working, by granting 99 weeks of unemployment 
checks, without any requirement to prove that gainful employment was 
diligently sought, but couldn’t be found — you might live in a nation 
that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

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big-screen TV, while your neighbor buys iPhones, time shares, a 
wall-sized do-it-all plasma screen TV and new cars, and the government 
forgives his debt when he defaults on his mortgage — you might live in a
 nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

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makes you more “safe” according to the government — you might live in a 
nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

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    What a country!

    How about we give God a reason to continue blessing America?

    This was borrowed from another blog, authors unknown, please spread it far and wide!

    • JeF

      Key Note: Replace “might” with “ARE living”.

  • Stever

    Sheriff Joe, has the best idea to handle prisoners, not give them a lavish jail cell, pink clothing and making sure those prisoners won’t want to come back to his jail. -Trump 2016- Most of all, take those weights away from them,,,put them to work, 12 hours a day, wear them down to nothing, you won’t see them back.

    • donald540

      I agree with this – Put them to actual WORK.
      it might come out as a CHAIN gang to keep them from running away but it would hopefully keep them going straight and narrow road of solid citizens.

  • Stever

    I have to bow to Frank W, Brown’s comment, for unmasking the genius in this country that leads us down that yellow brick road. Liberalism is alive and well, in this once productive country, that has been systematically screwed by the Left, by promising to give you everything free as long as they get the vote. The olde guard RINO’s, enforce the Left, by giving them all the money and we get the good ol’ screwing..because we once trusted the ol’ guard. Now with TRUMP in charge, it will be the RINO’s turn in the barrel and lets hear their squeal and may it last for years.

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