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Default Sentencing Reform & Corrections Act 2018 information / Passed!

Link for videos explaining proposed amendments for synthetic drugs...

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Default Sentencing Reform & Corrections Act / Passed despite Sessions objections

Here is a PDF of The Sentencing Project's letter of support for the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act being considered later this month:

http://www.sentencingproject.org/wp-...t-for-SRCA.pdf

What can you do to help? Call, write & email your senators in support of

lowering mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses, and for those lower sentences to be applied retroactively for those already incarcerated in Federal prison.

If you do not know your senator's contact info, click on the yellow Take Action banner HERE.

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Legislation to reduce mandatory minimum prison sentences for certain non-violent drug offenders advanced in the Senate Thursday despite Attorney General Jeff Sessions strongly urging the committee to vote it down.
http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/3...ons-objections

Sessions said the bill “would reduce sentences” for a “highly dangerous cohort of criminals,” and that passing it “would be a grave error.”
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Sessions sounds like John Ashcroft the second. The problem is if the bill does happen to pass, Pres. Trump agrees with him.
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Default Vote for sentencing reform passes with huge bipartisan support 16-5

Now let’s hope Mitch McConnell brings it to a vote and doesn’t kill it like he did last time!
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It will be interesting to see if Trump signs it, if it does pass.

On one hand, he may not want to appear "soft on crime" so he may veto it.

On the other hand, he does seem to enjoy making a spectacle out of signing any bill Congress does send to his desk, so maybe he'll play along.
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I understand reducing mandatory sentences for certain non-violent drug offenders, but what about changing the system for some of the white collar criminals that are in these prisons taking up space, costing millions of federal dollars, many with no chance of recidivism, and would be much better off being forced to work in public service as opposed to costing tax payers money by sitting in prison.

Many, not all, of these guys could make a much bigger difference being out of prison and learning from their mistakes than sitting there on their rumps doing nothing other than going to classes, eating, exercising, and watching tv all day.
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It will be interesting to see if Trump signs it, if it does pass.

On one hand, he may not want to appear "soft on crime" so he may veto it.

On the other hand, he does seem to enjoy making a spectacle out of signing any bill Congress does send to his desk, so maybe he'll play along.
I have a terrible feeling that, if anything is going to get done for our LOs (and us), it's going to take a different administration (and congress). Midterms are 10 months away, folks!!
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I have a terrible feeling that, if anything is going to get done for our LOs (and us), it's going to take a different administration (and congress). Midterms are 10 months away, folks!!
Dems have a great chance to take over the House in the Fall but still an uphill battle in the Senate!
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Senate Bill S.1917 - Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017

This bill is intended to address over-incarceration in the Federal prison system—addressing sentencing reform, corrections reform, and creating a committee to study the criminal justice system.

” The SRCA would expand the federal safety valve exception for mandatory minimum sentences for low-level, nonviolent drug offenses, taking big government out of the courtroom and allowing latitude for sentencing in accordance with the facts of a case, instead of in accordance with outdated and overbroad federal law. This ensures that prison space and taxpayer dollars are used on offenders who pose a threat to society, not on those given decades-long sentences for low-level, nonviolent drug offenses.

Similar to the Smarter Sentencing Act, which was introduced in the 114th Congress, the SRCA would retroactively apply the Fair Sentencing Act, which reduced the obscene sentencing disparity between crack cocaine and powdered cocaine from 100-to-1 to 18-to-1, to certain currently incarcerated nonviolent offenders.” ~ freedomworks.org

This bill is currently being reported on by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which means the committee has voted favorably and the committee staff will prepare a report explaining why they favor the bill. The next step in the process is for the report to be sent back to the chamber and the bill will be placed on the legislative calendar for Senate debate and subsequent vote.

We need all the help we can get gaining support in the Senate to get this bill passed!

If you would like to help please contact your senators and ask them to support the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, S. 1917.

To find out who your Senators are simply do a Google search for “[your state] senators”.

The call will probably be answered by a legislative assistant. They may ask if you need a response, and it's better if you say you don't. That way they can tally you down without having to go through the extra step of adding you to a response database.

Here's an example of what you could say, modeled after a post by Facebook user Mark Jahnke, who used to do this job at Capitol Hill.

"Hello, my name is Jane Smith. I'm a constituent from Florida zip code 34746. I don't need a response. I am calling to urge Senator Rubio to support the passing of Senate bill 1917. My brother is a first-time ever in trouble, non-violent drug offender currently in his 23rd year of a Life sentence. Thank you so much for all your hard work.”

Recap:
1. State your name
2. Your state and zip code
3. State the purpose of your call
4. Offer a short personal connection to the bill
5. Thank the person answering the call.

Short and sweet (and painless even if you’re shy).

Remember one single phone call is worth about 20-30 emails. So I urge you to please take the time (it only takes a couple of minutes) to call your senators. Also, if possible call every week and get tally’d on their weekly call logs. The bigger the total number of calls, the more your representatives will pay attention.

If you would like to help but still have questions or need assistance in any way please do not hesitate to message me.

Thank you to all for taking the time to read this… and taking action!

Sincerely,
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Welcome to Prison Talk. You will find support here, but probably not in the US Congress. I hope I'm mistaken,
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Welcome to Prison Talk. You will find support here, but probably not in the US Congress. I hope I'm mistaken,

Support here is a good thing. The more we can get the word out, the better the chances this bill has in Congress.

This is a very active community and it seems as though there are many people on here who would benefit from the passing of this bill.

We need to get more people to take action. Even a small step like sending an email would help.

As I said above, the greater the number of calls (or emails or letters) the more our representatives will have no choice but to pay attention.

Thank you for the welcome. And I, too, hope you are mistaken (only in this case though)
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It could pass. Govtrack quotes a 36% chance, not that they explain how they came up with the number.

But that chance goes up if Congresspeople and Senators start seeing the numbers change on their incoming calls about a bill they'd been ignoring. "Whoa, somebody cares about this? If I've gotten 20 phone calls, a lot more people who didn't call must be voting based on this one. Hmm! Maybe I'd better do something."

It's out of committee. Already it's beaten the odds.

Yes, it's a Republican world now, but notice the bill was introduced by a Republican and the co-sponsors are 12 Democrats and 11 Republicans.

@Sunflowerwoman's instructions are pure shining gold. Follow them to have the most impact.
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It could pass. Govtrack quotes a 36% chance, not that they explain how they came up with the number.

But that chance goes up if Congresspeople and Senators start seeing the numbers change on their incoming calls about a bill they'd been ignoring. "Whoa, somebody cares about this? If I've gotten 20 phone calls, a lot more people who didn't call must be voting based on this one. Hmm! Maybe I'd better do something."

It's out of committee. Already it's beaten the odds.

Yes, it's a Republican world now, but notice the bill was introduced by a Republican and the co-sponsors are 12 Democrats and 11 Republicans.

@Sunflowerwoman's instructions are pure shining gold. Follow them to have the most impact.


Yes. An equal number of Democrats and Republicans have already committed to supporting this bill. It gives me hope that it will beat the odds all the way to the President's desk.

Thank you so much for your generous words! (does that mean you called your senator?)
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Positing the links for sunflowerwoman as she's not able to post links yet:

To view the Committee on the Judiciary Summary of the bill please visit:

https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/imo...%20Summary.pdf

To view the full bill text please visit:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-...bill/1917/text

To find out who your senators are please follow this link:

https://www.senate.gov/general/conta...nators_cfm.cfm

Choose your state from the drop down menu and it will give you the names and phone numbers of your senators. (each state has two.)
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I got voice mail at both Senators's offices but I did explain why I think it's a good idea.

"Generous words"? I thought I was being coldly objective. You really do know what you're talking about.
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I got voice mail at both Senators's offices but I did explain why I think it's a good idea.

"Generous words"? I thought I was being coldly objective. You really do know what you're talking about.
That’s great! Voicemails are counted the same as an answered call!

I should also mention that sending a personal email from the Senator’s actual website (as opposed to the canned emails from other websites are also a very good way to contact Senators. Making sure to include the relevant information. The key is to make it personal like you’ve actually put some effort into it. It shows you care, that the issue matters to you.

Well, I felt your words to be generous even if they weren’t meant as such.

Now if we can get more people motivated to take action then we might have a chance.

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