The Hill reports that a House Democrat has introduced a bill in the House as a means to reduce the nation’s rate of mass incarceration.
The Reverse Mass Incarceration Act was introduced on Wednesday by Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) and Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). The two senators introduced a companion bill in the Senate in June.
The legislation would create $20 billion in grant funding over 10 years to incentivize states to reduce their prison populations. States would have to reduce their inmate populations by seven percent every three years without increasing crime rates in order to qualify for the grant.
Lawmakers equate the proposed funding to today’s equivalent of the $12.5 billion authorized by the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act to encourage states to build more prisons.
Read the full Hill article.