Ask your Senators to Bring Sentencing Reform to a Vote!
|Time is Running Out! Ask your Senators to Pass Sentencing Reform Now
|Call and Email to Express your Support for the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act|
|You have helped turn the tides for sentencing reform. But we’re not there yet — and the window to change sentencing laws this year is closing fast.
A federal prison crisis is looming due to overcrowding caused by excessive mandatory minimum sentences and a prison system with limited rehabilitative opportunities. Our moral sensibility compels faith leaders across the country to call for reform and we can no longer wait for action. To miss the opportunity to pass the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act would be a major setback for thousands of people awaiting justice and a fairer sentencing system and in need of rehabilitative support.
Moreover, we believe inaction will harm children and families across the country. The burden of mass incarceration is felt most intensely by children with parents in prison or labeled with a criminal record. The long absence of mothers and fathers, who despite their failings are loved, valued and critical to maintaining their children’s well-being, has a lasting impact. Nationally, one out of nine African American children has an incarcerated parent. Their likelihood of incarceration increases when this disruption enters their life.
The changes these bills would make to our criminal justice system won’t fix all its problems. But passing these bills positions us to move further reform. Moreover, thousands — potentially tens of thousands — of lives would benefit, and that doesn’t count their families, friends, congregations, communities. Congress can get this done right now. Call or Email your Senator to demand a floor vote for the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 (S. 2123).
United States Capitol switchboard (202) 224-3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.