“We, the undersigned organizations, applaud Congress’ bipartisan efforts to reform federal laws that have resulted in the mass incarceration of far too many persons, disproportionately persons of color, for far too long at great economic, social, and moral costs. The progress that has been made is the result of the tireless efforts of members of Congress, Congressional staffers, advocates, lawyers, and those who have been directly impacted by mass incarceration in America, including formerly and currently incarcerated individuals and their families.
“During this incredible moment and crossroads in our nation’s history, we are writing to you to detail what we believe to be necessary in accomplishing comprehensive criminal justice reform during this Congress. We hope that as the Leaders in your respective parties, you will work together to ensure that the provisions highlighted below are incorporated into legislation brought to the floor for a vote and eventually sent to the President for his signature. ”