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Old 01-18-2019, 01:23 AM
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Rep. John Doe Arizona State Capitol Complex 1700 W. Washington St. Phoenix, AZ 85007
January 17, 2019
Dear Rep. Doe:
I am writing to ask you to support HB2270, the legislation sponsored by your colleague, Hon. Rep. Walter Blackman, R-Snowflake, that reforms Arizona’s harsh and ineffective sentencing laws. Arizona has the 4th highest incarceration rate in the US, and the Arizona Department of Corrections has a recidivism rate of over 50% despite spending over $1.1 billion of taxpayer money annually.
We all want a justice system that is fair and proportionate, as well as effective at reducing recidivism. However, the outdated practice of requiring all people to serve 85% of their sentence—regardless of the nature of the offense or their attempts to rehabilitate themselves—is costly and counterproductive. Arizona is the only state that still has this extreme sentencing law.
We must restore proportionality and common sense to our sentencing laws. People should have the opportunity to earn their release at a rate that is in line with the seriousness of the offense for which they were incarcerated.
In the 2019 Legislative session, I am asking you—as a member of the House Judiciary Committee—to support HB2270 to ensure fair and proportionate sentencing for all people in Arizona. Instead of focusing on punishment, I ask you to allocate our valuable resources to areas of prevention and healing such as public education, trauma counseling and drug treatment without the threat of prison.
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All Criminal Justice Reform Legislation must pass out of this committee before the full state legislature will vote on it.
Write and send your letter to as many committee members as you can (below) FIRST, then family members can follow up with a phone call. ONLY after you’ve done both of these things should family members and loved ones send a follow-up email.

Rep. John Allen, Chair HYPERLINK "mailto:jallen@azleg.gov" jallen@azleg.gov
(602) 926-4916

Rep. Nancy Barto HYPERLINK "mailto:nbarto@azleg.gov" nbarto@azleg.gov

Rep. Walter Blackman, Vice Chair HYPERLINK "mailto:wblackman@azleg.gov" wblackman@azleg.gov

Rep. Domingo DeGrazia HYPERLINK "mailto:ddegrazia@azleg.gov" ddegrazia@azleg.gov

Rep. Kirsten Engel HYPERLINK "mailto:kengel@azleg.gov" kengel@azleg.gov
(602) 926-5178

Rep. Mark Finchem HYPERLINK "mailto:mfinchem@azleg.gov" mfinchem@azleg.gov
(602) 926-3122

Rep. Jay Lawrence HYPERLINK "mailto:jlawrence@azleg.gov" jlawrence@azleg.gov
(602) 926-3095

Rep. Jennifer Pawlik HYPERLINK "mailto:jpawlik@azleg.gov"
jpawlik@azleg.gov

Rep. Bret Roberts HYPERLINK "mailto:broberts@azleg.gov" broberts@azleg.gov

Rep. Diego Rodriguez HYPERLINK "mailto:drodriguez@azleg.gov" drodriguez@azleg.gov
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Thank you for this! Let's get crackin!
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I don’t think it’s true that we are the only state with truth-in-sentencing. I am 100% in support of repealing the law. I will write all of these people.

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I don’t think it’s true that we are the only state with truth-in-sentencing. I am 100% in support of appealing the law. I will write all of these people.
"And even though the federal funding that drove states to adopt it dried up long ago, Arizona remains one of only two states still adhering to “Truth in Sentencing,” which requires offenders serve 85 percent of their sentence."

This quote is taken from Rep. Kirsten Engel's guest opinion in the Arizona Capitol Times.
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"And even though the federal funding that drove states to adopt it dried up long ago, Arizona remains one of only two states still adhering to “Truth in Sentencing,” which requires offenders serve 85 percent of their sentence."

This quote is taken from Rep. Kirsten Engel's guest opinion in the Arizona Capitol Times.
Wow! Thank you! I'm writing emails to all of these reps right now and have passed it along to family.
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Wow! Thank you! I'm writing emails to all of these reps right now and have passed it along to family.
Make sure you write a physical letter too if you can
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Anyone have an address to send physical letters?
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Anyone have an address to send physical letters?
I am trying to find out !
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**This is my best guess about the address**

Representative's Name
1700 W. Washington St.
Room #
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Room #'s are..

Rep. John Allen - Room 205
Rep. Nancy Barto - Room 303
Rep. Walter Blackman - Room 345
Rep. Domingo DeGrazia - Room 318
Rep. Kirsten Engel - Room 118
Rep. Mark Finchem - Room 129
Rep. Jay Lawrence - Room 131
Rep. Jennifer Pawlik - Room 118
Rep. Bret Roberts - Room 344
Rep. Diego Rodriguez - Room 326
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Thank you so much!!!
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Thank you so much!!!
Just learned room # is not necessary!

So for example...

Representative John Allen
Arizona State Capitol Complex
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Does anyone know if this is passed would it apply to People currently incarcerated or only to those sentenced after it is passed?
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Does anyone know if this is passed would it apply to People currently incarcerated or only to those sentenced after it is passed?
The changes would apply reteoacrively.
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Do you know when they vote on it? I just added the bill to my list to track so i will get emails as it moves through but just want to make sure i have time to send the letters to the representatives. I’m praying this passes.
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Do you know when they vote on it? I just added the bill to my list to track so i will get emails as it moves through but just want to make sure i have time to send the letters to the representatives. I’m praying this passes.
As far as I know, it has not even had the first reading yet. I use LegiScan to track though.
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As far as I know, it has not even had the first reading yet. I use LegiScan to track though.


That’s where i just created an account to track as well! Thank you.
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There is also an online tool called ResistBot. You text, or message on Facebook or twitter, and the bot will send you letter to your reps. They just added the local reps for our State so it's another resource to use to let our legislators know we support this.
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I was reading through comments on Facebook and Instagram all day yesterday because there was an event down at the capitol and someone had mentioned that they already had the support of a few reps. We all need to send our letters of support as well! Praying so hard this passes.
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I was reading through comments on Facebook and Instagram all day yesterday because there was an event down at the capitol and someone had mentioned that they already had the support of a few reps. We all need to send our letters of support as well! Praying so hard this passes.
Are you able to give me the link to what you were reading? I would like to read it too i havent been able to find much yet so far
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I was just reading peoples public posts/comments. Type in hb2270 on Facebook and instagram and it will bring up all the public posts.
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I was just reading peoples public posts/comments. Type in hb2270 on Facebook and instagram and it will bring up all the public posts.
Awesome thank you!
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American Friends Service Committee- Arizona is behind hb2270 and can be found on Facebook by searching their name or Instagram @afscaz
I just wanted to post their recent update here in case anyone wants to sign up to their alerts to follow the bill and show their support on Facebook

“We are so grateful and inspired by the outpouring of support for incarcerated people and their families since #ReFramingJusticeDay just two days ago! Arizonans want change! Arizonans want #HB2270 passed by this state legislature!

We will post some details on our next moves tomorrow! In the meantime, GO TO https://afscarizona.org/list/ and sign up for our ACTION ALERTS! YES, YOU! DO IT NOW!!!

And put a custom frame on your Facebook profile photo by clicking or tapping your current profile image and selecting the "ADD FRAME" option. Then search for "HB2270". Ask all your friends to do the same! We're hearing from insiders at the legislature that momentum is in our favor! So, let's get everyone on board!”
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HB2270 HAS BEEN ASSIGNED TO COMMITTEES!

The Judiciary Committee, which we knew, and also the Public Safety Committee.
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I didn't see his name up above so also add

Public Safety Committee Chair
Rep Kevin Payne kpayne@azleg.gov

From an Email I received today.
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I too just received an email from AFSC and would like to paste it here for those who aren’t receiving their newsletters:

The first step in the legislative process is for bills to be heard in committee. Most criminal justice bills are assigned to the Judiciary Committee. In this case, the bill has been assigned to TWO committees, making it that much harder to get it through the process.

If bills are not heard in their committees by February 22, they are effectively dead.

Please call, email, or fax the Chairs of the Judiciary and Safety Committees and tell them HB2270 deserves a hearing!




Judiciary Committee Chair
Rep. John Allen (602) 926-4916
jallen@azleg.gov


Public Safety Committee Chair
Rep. Kevin Payne (602) 926-4854
kpayne@azleg.gov

Tell Them HB2270 deserves a hearing because:
The current 85% requirement is a disincentive for incarcerated people to participate in programming. With no hope of earning time, incarcerated individuals have little reason to take part in drug treatment, education, or other rehabilitative programming.
This is a primary reason why Arizona has the 4th highest incarceration rate in the country. Since 2000, the prison population has gone up nearly 60%–almost twice as fast as the resident population. Arizona’s prison sentences are significantly longer than those in other states, particularly for non-violent and drug related crimes. People sentenced for drug crimes in Arizona serve 40% longer than the national average. For property crimes, Arizona sentences are twice the national average.
Incarceration costs over $1.1 billion in taxpayer dollars, diverting scarce general funds away from education, child welfare, and other needed state programs. Corrections is the third largest state agency budget, absorbing 11% of the state’s budget dollars.
Longer time in prison does not make Arizona safer. Arizona recidivism rate is over 50%. Research shows that longer sentences cause diminishing returns to reducing recidivism and enhancing public safety. Crime rates nationwide are dropping, and many states including North Carolina and Texas have reduced spending on prisons, made major reforms to their sentencing laws, and seen much greater decreases in crime than Arizona.


If you have served time in Arizona or have a loved one in prison or who has been released, please (briefly) share your story! Legislators need to know how the laws they pass impact their constituents.

**If you can blind copy or cc us (afscaz@afsc.org), we will have a better idea how effective this initiative is. If you receive responses, even boiler-plate ones, please forward those to us, if possible.
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