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1997 Federal Laws on Weightlifting in Prisons


The current laws governing weightlifting in federal prisons come from a budget / appropriations bill, HR 2267. The bill provided the Federal Prison system with its operational budget for Oct. 1, 1997 to Sept. 30 1998 and listed certain things that budget money could not be expended for.

In addition to appropriations bill above, several bills have been introduced that are now in committees. Although still alive in various committees, it is generally felt that these bills are dead.

In early 1997 three bills were created in the House, No Frills Prison Act (HR 169), Prison Security Enhancement Act of 1997 (HR792), and Federal No Frills Prisons Act of 1997 (HR816).

HR169 Prohibits states receiving truth in sentencing grants from weightlifting in their prisons
HR792 Prohibits strength training in federal prisons
HR816 Prohibits federal prisons from purchasing weight lifting equipment with federal funds

A major legislative crime control bill was introduced in the senate (SB3) by Senator Hatch (Utah). As it is written, this bill would remove all weightlifting (except physical therapy) from federal prisons.

In April Senator Shelby introduced the Prisoner Work and Responsibility Initiative (SB561) which requires state prisons receiving construction grants to require inmates to work and perform certain duties before they are granted certain privileges such as weightlifting.


No Frills Prison Act

Prison Security Enhancement Act of 1997

Federal No Frills Prisons Act of 1997

Senate Omnibus Prison Reform Bill of 1997

This is a huge bill. We present its table of contents as a manner of showing its scope. The links within the Table of Contents are not followable from this site. If you wish to follow them you must go to the Thomas site. Section 912 of the bill is titled, Prison Amenities and Prisoner Work Requirement. Section 4048 is the subsection of section 912 that deals specifically with Prison Amenities (it includes the weight lifting provisions of the bill.)

Prisoner Work and Responsibility Initiative


HR169 Introduction

No Frills Prison Act (Introduced in the House)

HR 169 IH

105th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 169

To amend the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 to prevent luxurious conditions in prisons.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 7, 1997

Mr. FRANKS of New Jersey (for himself, Mr. CAMPBELL, Mrs. EMERSON, Mr. LOBIONDO, Mr. MCHALE, Mr. NORWOOD, Mr. GRAHAM, and Mr. ROYCE) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


HR169 Text

A BILL

To amend the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 to prevent luxurious conditions in prisons.

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

SEC. 2. ELIMINATION OF LUXURIOUS PRISON CONDITIONS.


HR 169 Status

H.R.169

SPONSOR: Rep Franks, B., (introduced 01/07/97)


TITLE(S):
STATUS: Floor Actions

***NONE***


STATUS: Detailed Legislative History

House Action(s)

Jan 7, 97:
Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
Jan 28, 97:
Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime.

STATUS: Congressional Record Page References

***NONE***


COMMITTEE(S):
AMENDMENT(S):

***NONE***


SUBJECT(S):
30 COSPONSORS:


DIGEST:

(AS INTRODUCED)

No Frills Prison Act - Amends the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 to require a State, to be eligible for truth in sentencing incentive grants, to demonstrate that it: (1) provides living conditions and opportunities within its prisons that are not more luxurious than those that the average prisoner would have experienced if not incarcerated; (2) does not provide to any such prisoner specified benefits or privileges, including earned good time credits, less than 40 hours a week of work that either offsets or reduces the expenses of keeping the prisoner or provides resources toward restitution of victims, unmonitored phone calls (with exceptions), in-cell television viewing, possession of pornographic materials, instruction or training equipment for any martial art or bodybuilding or weightlifting equipment, or dress or hygiene other than as is uniform or standard in the prison; and (3) in the case of a prisoner serving a sentence for a crime of violence which resulted in serious bodily injury to another, does not provide housing other than in separate cell blocks intended for violent prisoners, less than nine hours a day of physical labor (with exceptions), any release from the prison for any purpose unless under physical.


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HR792 Text

Prison Security Enhancement Act of 1997 (Introduced in the House)

HR 792 IH

105th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 792

To amend title 18, United States Code, to prevent Federal prisoners from engaging in activities to increase their strength or fighting ability while in prison .

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 13, 1997

Ms. PRYCE of Ohio (for herself, Mr. CHABOT, Mr. HERGER, Ms. MOLINARI, Mr. BARR of Georgia, Mr. NEY, Mr. KINGSTON, and Mr. FOLEY) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To amend title 18, United States Code, to prevent Federal prisoners from engaging in activities to increase their strength or fighting ability while in prison.

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

SEC. 2. PRISON SECURITY.

`Sec. 4048. Strength-training of prisoners prohibited


HR792 STATUS

Bill Summary & Status for the 105th Congress



H.R.792

SPONSOR: Rep Pryce, (introduced 02/13/97)


TITLE(S):
STATUS: Floor Actions

***NONE***


STATUS: Detailed Legislative History

House Action(s)

Feb 13, 97:
Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

STATUS: Congressional Record Page References

***NONE***


COMMITTEE(S):
AMENDMENT(S):

***NONE***


SUBJECT(S):
7 COSPONSORS:


DIGEST:

***NONE***


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HR816 Introduced

PUBLIC BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS (House of Representatives - February 25, 1997)
By Mr. CASTLE:
H.R . 816. A bill to prohibit the use of Federal funds for certain amenities and personal comforts in the Federal prison system; to the Committee on the Judiciary.

By Mrs. CHENOWETH (for herself, Mr. Young of Alaska, Mr. Bob Schaffer, Mr. Doolittle, Mr. Peterson of Pennsylvania, Mr. Hill, and Mr. Radanovich):


HR816 Text

Federal No Frills Prisons Act of 1997 (Introduced in the House)

HR 816 IH

105th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 816

To prohibit the use of Federal funds for certain amenities and personal comforts in the Federal prison system.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 25, 1997

Mr. CASTLE introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To prohibit the use of Federal funds for certain amenities and personal comforts in the Federal prison system.

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

SEC. 2. PROHIBITION ON USE OF FEDERAL FUNDS FOR CERTAIN AMENITIES AND PERSONAL COMFORTS IN THE FEDERAL PRISON SYSTEM.


HR816 Status

H.R.816

SPONSOR: Rep Castle, (introduced 02/25/97)


TITLE(S):
STATUS: Floor Actions

***NONE***


STATUS: Detailed Legislative History

House Action(s)

Feb 25, 97:
Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
Mar 5, 97:
Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime.

STATUS: Congressional Record Page References

***NONE***


COMMITTEE(S):
AMENDMENT(S):

***NONE***


SUBJECT(S):
COSPONSOR(S):
DIGEST:

***NONE***


S561 Text

Prisoner Work and Responsibility Initiative of 1997 (Introduced in the Senate)

S 561 IS

105th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 561

To require States receiving prison construction grants to implement requirements for inmates to perform work and engage in educational activities, to eliminate certain sentencing inequities for drug offenders, and for other purposes.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 10, 1997

Mr. SHELBY introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To require States receiving prison construction grants to implement requirements for inmates to perform work and engage in educational activities, to eliminate certain sentencing inequities for drug offenders, and for other purposes.

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

SEC. 2. GRANTS TO STATES FOR CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES.

SEC. 3. ELIMINATION OF SENTENCING INEQUITIES FOR DRUG OFFENDERS.


S561 Status & Summary

  • SHORT TITLE(S) AS INTRODUCED:
    Prisoner Work and Responsibility Initiative of 1997

  • OFFICIAL TITLE AS INTRODUCED:
    A bill to require States receiving prison construction grants to implement requirements for inmates to perform work and engage in educational activities, to eliminate certain sentencing inequities for drug offenders, and for other purposes. STATUS: Floor Actions

    ***NONE***


    STATUS: Detailed Legislative Status

    Senate Actions

    Apr 10, 97:
    Read twice and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

    STATUS: Congressional Record Page References

    ***NONE***


    COMMITTEE(S):
    AMENDMENT(S):

    ***NONE***


    3 COSPONSORS:

    Sen Inhofe - 04/23/97 Sen Hutchinson - 04/25/97
    Sen Stevens - 06/11/97


    SUMMARY:

    (AS INTRODUCED)

    Prisoner Work and Responsibility Initiative of 1997 - Amends the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 to require a State, to be eligible for grants for correctional facilities, to provide assurances that it: (1) has implemented requirements that each inmate perform not less than 48 hours of work per week (with exceptions for security, disciplinary, or medical reasons) and engage in not less than 16 hours of organized educational activities per week; and (2) prohibits prison officials from providing privileges to any inmate who fails to comply with such requirements.

    Includes among such privileges: (1) access to television, bodybuilding or weightlifting equipment, and recreational sports; (2) unmonitored telephone calls, except when between the inmate and the immediate family or inmate's attorney; (3) food exceeding in quality or quantity that which is available to enlisted U.S. Army personnel; and (4) equipment or facilities for publishing or broadcasting material not approved by prison officials as being consistent with prison order and discipline.

    Replaces a provision authorizing a reduction of sentence for a prisoner convicted of a nonviolent offense who successfully completes a substance abuse treatment program with one directing the Attorney General to ensure that each eligible prisoner participates in a program of substance abuse treatment. Redefines "eligible prisoner" as one who, within 24 months of the date of release or otherwise, is designated by the Bureau of Prisons for participation in a residential substance abuse treatment program.


    H.R.2267
    Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1998

    This is the appropriations bill for the fiscal year ending 30 Sept 1998 for the Dept. of Commerce, Dept. of Justice, Dept. of State, the Judiciary , and related agencies. It was signed into law by President Clinton.

    Strength Tech comments - this huge appropriations bill for the fiscal year (1 Oct 1997 to 30 Sept. 1998) includes a section similar to the "Zimmer Ammendment". It prohibits use of budget funds for certain items, including "weightlifting equipment of any sort."

    Title VI General Provisions

    SEC. 611. None of the funds made available in this Act shall be used to provide the following amenities or personal comforts in the Federal prison system--


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