Right now, we have an opportunity to fix one of the biggest moral crises of our time.
The failed “War on Drugs” that began more than 40 years ago has resulted in a system that is unjustly biased. From arrest to release, people of color and low-income individuals are disproportionately over-represented throughout the criminal justice system. African Americans and Latinos make up 27% of the U.S. population but 70% of the federal prison population.
It is time to decide what kind of nation we want to be. Are we a nation committed to justice, fairness, and redemption or will we continue to incarcerate more people than any other country on earth?
Smart, responsible bipartisan reforms like the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act will make the system work more fairly and efficiently and ensure that our communities are safe places for our friends and families.
These are the kinds of reforms that Americans want. Recent polls commissioned by the ACLU and Pew Charitable Trusts show that the vast majority of Americans across party lines and demographics agree: We should reduce our prison population, reform mandatory minimum sentencing, and provide greater opportunity for rehabilitation and treatment.
Senators need to hear from you. Add your voice to this campaign and tell Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell why you support the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015.
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This moment offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity that could save entire communities and transform millions of lives. We must not let it pass.