Summary: H.R.3584 — 103rd Congress (1993-1994)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (11/20/1993)

Truth in Sentencing Act of 1993 - Authorizes the Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance to provide grants to States to build, expand, or operate space in correctional facilities in order to implement specified "truth in sentencing" requirements.

Requires a State, to be eligible for funding under this Act, to have in effect throughout the State such requirements, including provisions which: (1) restrict parole, good-time credit release, or other forms of early release to require that criminals convicted of crimes of violence serve at least 85 percent of the sentence imposed by a judge or jury; (2) require the sentencing authority to allow the defendant's victim or the victim's family the opportunity to be heard regarding the issue of sentencing; (3) allow as a sentencing option a "life sentence" without the possibility of parole; and (4) provide that the victim and the victim's family shall be notified whenever such defendant is to be released.

Makes exceptions that: (1) allow the State to provide that the Governor may permit the release of a prisoner after a public hearing in which representatives of the public and the prisoner's victims have an opportunity to be heard regarding the proposed release; and (2) make a State eligible for funding under this Act when that State has enacted legislation that provides for the State to be in compliance with this Act within three years of the enactment of such legislation.

Sets forth provisions regarding the distribution of, and limitations on, funds. Authorizes appropriations.

Provides for a reduction of full-time equivalent positions in all Federal agencies. Sets forth requirements regarding monitoring and notification of the President and the Congress as to whether such reductions are taking place (and, if they are not being met in a given agency, prohibits hiring for any position in such agency until the Office of Management and Budget notifies the President that the agency is in compliance).