Over the past 40 years, the American prison population has grown by 500%. Over two million Americans are currently incarcerated, and a disproportionate number are people of color. The explosion in the prison population has resulted in overcrowding, poor treatment of prisoners, and staggering costs for the public.
Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle have come together in support of comprehensive reforms to our nation’s sentencing laws. The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (S. 2123) and the Sentencing Reform Act (H.R. 3713) represent the most significant efforts at criminal justice reform in decades. These bills would tackle the problems of mass incarceration and over-criminalization by reducing mandatory minimums for nonviolent drug offenses and granting judges greater discretion in sentencing decisions.
With only a few weeks left in the 114th Congress, time is running out to act on this historic, bipartisan legislation and demonstrate much-needed unity around urgent reforms to the criminal justice system. Urge your Representative and Senators to support bringing S. 2123 and H.R. 3713 to a vote today.