Sunday, July 25, 2010
This is a message from my good friend Sarah over at the MN Second Chance Coalition, where they are working tirelessly to fight many of the injustices within the Criminal Justice System:
Early next week the House of Representatives may vote on a bill to reduce the 100:1 sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine. The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, S. 1789, would change the ratio to 18:1 and eliminate the mandatory minimum sentence for simple possession of crack cocaine - the first time a mandatory minimum sentence has been removed since the Nixon Administration! (Please read the Washington Post editorial about the bill!)
This historic bill would lower sentences for almost 3,000 people facing prison each year, save taxpayers $42 million in the first five years, and advance justice and restore faith in a criminal justice system that many have come to distrust. The bill has already passed the Senate so we only need the House of Representatives to pass it before it gets sent to President Obama for a signature!
Your call is critical to its successful passage. We need thousands of calls to Congress to persuade representatives that their constituents want this change. Even if you've never called your member of Congress before, now is the time.
To find out who your representative is and make your call visit http://www.famm.org/. FAMM provides talking points to deliver when you call.
With your support we can help eliminate by the government's outrageous sentencing laws - we can push this bill over the finish line!
Ps: For more information about S. 1789, visit http://www.famm.org/
Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment!