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Message from the President Beth Chapman

from PBUS

Call to action for HR 2152 – Citizens' Right to Know Act

Dear Colleagues:

HR 2152, introduced by U.S. Representative Ted Poe, needs co-sponsors. This critical legislation will require taxpayer-funded pretrial release agencies funded by the Department of Justice to report on key criteria for those who participate in their programs. This criteria includes:
  • Criminal history, including previous charges file
  • Previous failures to appear
  • Previous and current non-compliance infractions

These programs currently are not required to provide this information. Without this legislation, policymakers and taxpayers have no ability to determine the effectiveness of taxpayer-funded pretrial release programs. Without such data, federally funded pretrial release programs lack sufficient accountability to taxpayers. This lack of accountability has allowed many repeat and violent offenders to get out of jail on our tax dollars! Taxpayers deserve to know if their limited resources are being spent wisely and their communities are being protected.

The below U.S. House of Representatives sit on the House Judiciary Committee and are extremely important in getting HR 2152 passed. We need you to contact the Representatives in your respective state and ask that they co-sponsor HR 2152. Phone numbers are included for each Representative – please call them today and ask that they co-sponsor and support this bill!

Alabama
Representative Martha Roby (2nd District): 202-225-2901

California
Representative Darrell Issa (49th District): 202-225-3906

Colorado
Representative Ken Buck (4th District): 202-225-4676

Florida
Representative Matt Gaetz (1st District): 202-225-4136

Florida
Representative Ron DeSantis (6th District): 202-225-2706

Georgia
Representative Doug Collins (9th District): 202-225-9893

Iowa
Representative Steve King (4th District): 202-225-4426

Ohio
Representative Steve Chabot (1st District): 202-225-2216

Pennsylvania
Representative Tom Marino (10th District): 202-225-3731

South Carolina
Representative Trey Gowdy (4th District): 202-225-6030

Texas
Representative Blake Farenthold (27th District): 202-225-7742

Texas
Representative John Ratcliffe (4th District): 202-225-6673

Wisconsin
Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (5th District): 202-225-5101

Passage of H.R. 2152 will provide greater transparency for pretrial programs, greater accountability for the use of taxpayer funds and increased public safety for our communities. Passage of HR 2152 could stop the "bail reform" movement in its tracks. more


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