Zimmer Amendment / Weightlifting In Prisons

  • No Frills Prison Act HR 663 24 Jan 1995
    Amendment to Prevent Luxurious Conditions in Prisons to Violent Crime Control & Law Enforcement Act of 1994

  • House Amendment 127
    Amends HR 667 introduced 9 Feb. 1995

  • House Amendment 669
    Amends HR 2076 offered 26 July 1995

  • Senate Amendment 2812 (Senate version of House Amendment 669)
    Amends HR 2076 offered 28 Sept. 1995

  • House Amendment 127


    AMENDS: H.R.667

    SPONSOR: Rep Zimmer , (introduced 02/09/95)

    An amendment (printed as amendment No. 30 in the Congressional Record of February 8, 1995) to bar luxury personal items from correctional facilities. It requires all inmates to work full 40-hour weeks and imposes tougher restrictions on violent offenders. It also directs the Bureau of Prisons to conduct an annual report on prison expenses, comparing spending on amenities with investments in security and basic needs.


    Feb 9, 95 Amendment Offered by Representative Zimmer.

    Feb 9, 95 On agreeing to the Zimmer amendment (A015) Agreed to by voice vote.

    House Amendment 669


    AMENDS: H.R.2076

    SPONSOR: Rep Zimmer , (introduced 07/26/95)

    An amendment not preprinted in the Congressional Record to prohibit certain amenities in Federal prisons.


    Jul 26, 95 Amendment Offered by Representative Zimmer.


    SPONSOR: Rep Rogers (introduced 07/19/95)


    A bill making appropriations for the Department of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1996, and for other purposes.

    H.R. 2076

    Offered By: Mr. Zimmer

    Amendment No. 58: Page 102, after line 20, insert the following new section:

    Sec. . None of the funds made available in this Act shall be used to provide the following amenties or personal comforts in the federal prison system--

    (A)(i) in-cell television viewing except for prisoners who are segregated from the general prison population for their own safety;

    (ii) the viewing of R, X, and NC-17 rated movies, through whatever medium presented;

    (iii) any instruction (live or through broadcasts) or training equipment for boxing, wrestling, judo, karate, or other martial art, or any bodybuilding or weightlifting equipment of any sort;

    (iv) possession of in-cell coffee pots, hot plates, or heating elements;

    (v) the use or possession of any electric or electronic musical instrument.

    Senate Amendment 2812

    SHELBY (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 2812 (Senate - September 28, 1995)

    [Page: S14554]

    (Ordered to lie on the table.)

    Mr. SHELBY (for himself, Mr. Lott, Mr. Faircloth, Mr. Inhofe, Mr. Simpson, and Mr. Brown) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by them to the bill H.R. 2076, supra, as follows:

    On page 46, line 16, strike `and'.

    On page 46, line 20, strike the period and insert a semicolon.

    On page 46, between lines 20 and 21, insert the following:

    `(8) assurances that the State or States have implemented a requirement that each inmate must perform not less than 48 hours of work per week, which shall not be waived except as required by--

    `(A) security conditions;

    `(B) disciplinary action; or

    `(C) medical certification of a disability that would make it impracticable for prison officials to arrange useful work for the inmate to perform; and

    `(9) assurances that the State or States require that prison officials shall not provide to any inmate failing to meet the requirements of paragraph (8), privileges, including--

    `(A) access to television;

    `(B) access to bodybuilding or weight lifting equipment;

    `(C) access to recreational sports;

    `(D) unmonitored telephone calls, except when between the inmate and the immediate family or attorney of the inmate;

    `(E) instruction or training equipment for boxing, wrestling, judo, karate, or other material art;

    `(F) except for use during required work, the use or possession of any electrical or electronic musical instrument;

    `(G) an in-cell coffee pot, hot plate, or heating element;

    `(H) food exceeding in quality or quantity to that which is available to enlisted personnel in the United States Army;

    `(I) dress, hygiene, grooming, and appearance other than those allowed as standard in the prison , unless required for disciplinary action or a medical condition; or

    `(J) equipment or facilities for publishing or broadcasting material not approved by prison officials as being consistent with prison order and discipline.


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