H.R. 759 would amend and expand the system for assessing recidivism risk and programs to reduce recidivism used within the federal prisons system. The bill would require the Department of Justice (DOJ) to develop a system to assess prisoner risks and needs and to periodically classify individual prisoner’s risk of recidivism. Based on those classifications, prisoners would be provided the opportunity to participate in programs to reduce recidivism. By participating in such programs prisoners could earn credit that would allow them to complete their sentences in Residential Reentry Centers (RRCs) or home confinement.
Assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 759 would cost $210 million over the 2017-2021 period. Enacting the legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.
CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 759 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2027.
H.R. 759 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments.