Urge your Senators to support the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act and urge Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring it to the floor for a vote!
Last fall, a bipartisan group of Senators introduced the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (S. 2123), the most significant criminal justice reform the United States Congress has considered in decades. The bill offers sensible reforms to our criminal justice system designed to reverse mass incarceration, including reducing mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenses and examining stronger recidivism reduction programs in federal prisons.
Long sentences and mandatory incarceration for minor drug offenses have failed to significantly deter drug use or reduce addiction rates. We also know that arrests and prosecutions for drug offenses fall disproportionately on African-Americans and Latinos, despite similar usage rates among Caucasians. Further, mass incarceration is a significant contributing factor to poverty, income inequality, and family instability. Reforming our criminal justice system will make our communities safer and our economy stronger.
In late April, the original sponsors made changes to the bill, strengthening the bipartisan agreement and bringing on eight new cosponsors. In the House, Speaker Ryan has committed to moving a similar criminal justice reform package this year. It is time for the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act to get a vote! Tell your Senators to support this legislation, and ask Senate Majority Leader McConnell to put S. 2123 up for a vote this month.