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Thank you for your interest in participating in the Reform Movement’s call-in day on January 19, 2016 to urge Congress to pass the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (S. 2123). Please fill out the form below to receive detailed directions and reminders for the call-in day.
With more than two million Americans in prison or jail, the United States has the largest incarcerated population in the world. Of the total population of prisoners in federal incarceration centers, around half are serving time for drug offenses. Further, one in every three black men is expected to serve time in prison at some point in his life, as compared to one in every 17 white men.
The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (S. 2123) would take necessary first steps to end mass incarceration and reduce the racial disparities in the criminal justice system, by reducing mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders and giving judges greater discretion in setting sentences for low-level offenders. The bill would also make critical reforms to the juvenile justice system and create new pathways for rehabilitated prisoners to finish their sentences in halfway houses or home confinement.
As Reform Jews, we reaffirm the Biblical concept that a criminal is a human being, capable of reshaping his or her life. “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn away from his way and live” (Ezekiel 33:11). We must work for a criminal justice system that gives those who are incarcerated a real chance for rehabilitation. The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act would begin to shift our criminal justice system from punishment and incarceration to mercy and redemption.
S. 2123 has strong bipartisan support, and successfully passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee in October by a vote of 15-5. Your action is critical to ensure that the Senate undertakes the crucially important task of criminal justice reform by approving the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act.
For more information about the legislation or the national call-in day, please reach out to Legislative Assistant Adam Waters at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 387-2800(202) 387-2800(202) 387-2800.