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Citizens' Right to Know Act


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Mr. Driscoll, with thanks to Mr. Hatch, introduces,
A BILL

To require States and units of local government receiving funds under grant programs operated by the Department of Justice that use such funds for pretrial services programs to submit to the Attorney General a report relating to such programs, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the “Citizens’ Right to Know Act of 2016”.

SEC. 2. REPORTING REQUIREMENT FOR DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE GRANT RECIPIENTS USING FUNDS FOR PRETRIAL SERVICES PROGRAMS.

(a) In General.—For each fiscal year in which a State or unit of local government receives funds under any grant program operated by the Department of Justice, including the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grant program under subpart I of part E of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3750 et seq.), and in which the State or unit of local government uses funds received under such program for a pretrial services program, the State or unit of local government shall submit to the Attorney General a report which contains the following:

(1) The name of each defendant participating in a pretrial release program administered by the pretrial services program, and whether, as applicable, the defendant appeared for trial and any post-release required court appearance.

(2) Information relating to the previous arrest record of each defendant participating in the pretrial services program.

(3) Information relating to any previous failure by each defendant participating in a pretrial release program administered by the pretrial services program to appear for trial or any post-release required court appearance.

(4) The amount of Federal funds the pretrial services program received during the previous fiscal year.

(b) Publication Requirement.—Subject to any applicable confidentiality requirements, the Attorney General shall, on an annual basis, make publicly available the information received under subsection (a).

(c) Reduction In Funding.—If a State or unit of local government fails to comply with the requirement under subsection (a) for a fiscal year, the Attorney General shall reduce the amount that the State or unit of local government would otherwise receive under each grant program described in subsection (a) in the following fiscal year—

(1) by 10 percent, if the failure to comply with the requirement was the first such failure; or

(2) by 20 percent, if the failure to comply with the requirement was the second or subsequent such failure.

(d) Reallocation.—Amounts not allocated to a State or unit of local government under subsection (c) shall be reallocated under each such grant program to States and units of local government that comply with the requirement under subsection (a).

PES: 

This bill requires a state or local government that receives funds under a Department of Justice (DOJ) grant program and uses such funds for a pretrial services program to annually report certain information about participating defendants.

DOJ must publish the information.

Additionally, DOJ must reduce the grant allocation of a state or local government that fails to comply.

Senator Lonnie Kennedy

Senator from New Hampshire (2009-)

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