Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1996

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Author: William J. Clinton  | Date: September 30, 1996

Message to the Senate Transmitting the Inter-American Convention on Serving Criminal Sentences Abroad,
September 30, 1996

To the Senate of the United States:

With a view to receiving the advice and consent of the Senate to ratification, I transmit herewith the Inter-American Convention on Serving Criminal Sentences Abroad, drawn up by the Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs within the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) and composed of representatives of the Member States. The Convention was adopted and opened for signature at the twenty-third regular session of the General Assembly meeting in Managua, Nicaragua, on June 9, 1993, and signed on behalf of the United States at the OAS Headquarters inWashington on January 10, 1995. The provisions of the Convention are explained in the report of the Department of State that accompanies this message.

Although the United States is already a party to the multilateral Council of Europe Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons, which entered into force for the United States, following Senate advice and consent to ratification, on July 1, 1985, only two other OAS Member States have become parties to that Convention. Ratification of the Inter-American Convention on Serving Criminal Sentences Abroad would help fill a void by providing a mechanism for the reciprocal transfer of persons incarcerated in prisons in OAS Member States, to permit those individuals to serve their sentences in their home countries. A multilateral prisoner transfer convention for the Americas would also reduce, if not eliminate, the need for the United States to negotiate additional bilateral prisoner transfer treaties with countries in the hemisphere.

I recommend that the Senate promptly give its advice and consent to the ratification of this Convention, subject to an understanding and a reservation that are described in the accompanying State Department report.

William J. Clinton
The White House,
September 30, 1996.

Note: This message was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on October 1.

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Chicago: William J. Clinton, "Message to the Senate Transmitting the Inter-American Convention on Serving Criminal Sentences Abroad, September 30, 1996," Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1996 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, October 4, 1996 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1996), 32:2543 1939. Original Sources, accessed January 20, 2020, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3U1NKYQ896JY9FP.

MLA: Clinton, William J. "Message to the Senate Transmitting the Inter-American Convention on Serving Criminal Sentences Abroad, September 30, 1996." Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1996, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, October 4, 1996 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1996), 32:2543, page 1939. Original Sources. 20 Jan. 2020. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3U1NKYQ896JY9FP.

Harvard: Clinton, WJ, 'Message to the Senate Transmitting the Inter-American Convention on Serving Criminal Sentences Abroad, September 30, 1996' in Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1996. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, October 4, 1996 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1996), 32:2543, pp.1939. Original Sources, retrieved 20 January 2020, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3U1NKYQ896JY9FP.