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#cut50 is a national bipartisan initiative to safely and smartly reduce our incarcerated population by 50 percent over the next 10 years. We believe there is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reform our broken criminal justice system.

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Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Donald Trump

Fix Our Federal Prison System: Pass the First Step Act

In May, the House Judiciary Committee overwhelmingly passed the FIRST STEP Act, a bill that would start the long process of transforming federal prisons into places of rehabilitation. The provisions in the bill would expand life-changing classes for thousands of men and women in federal prison and prepare them to come home job-ready with the skills and support they need to succeed. Now we need to get it through the House floor because President Trump has agreed to sign this bill if Congress gets it to his desk. Our federal prison populations are growing at an astonishing rate, taking up a larger and larger share of resources that would be better spent on treatment, education, housing, and other social services. Our prisons have become warehouses often leaving people more traumatized and with fewer opportunities than when they entered.  The FIRST STEP Act will begin to ensure that people have the support they need to come home from prison job ready.  It will: Ban the shackling of women during childbirth and provide sanitary napkins and tampons at no charge; Give thousands of men and women an opportunity to earn their way home sooner (by fixing “Good Time Credits” retroactively); Get people who have participated in life-changing programs out of federal prison earlier and into halfway homes or home confinement; Require the Bureau of Prisons to place incarcerated people within 500 driving miles of their families; Allow formerly incarcerated people to serve as volunteers and mentors; Expand compassionate release, giving the elderly and terminally ill prisoners a pathway home. The FIRST STEP Act has received support from some leading Democrats and Republicans. Reps. Keith Ellison and Tulsi Gabbard just joined as a co-sponsors, alongside Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Bob Goodlatte, two of the most powerful Republicans in the U.S. House. There are also new oversight and accountability over Jeff Sessions and the federal Bureau of Prisons, all backed with an authorization of $250 million over five years. #cut50 has joined more than 70 groups in support of this bill. People who work with men and women inside our prisons and jails across the country understand how transformative these changes would be for the men and women who are living in prison cells right now. Let’s put partisan bickering aside and take a step in the right direction with the FIRST STEP Act. I hope you’ll join me and many others in reaching out to your Members of Congress, TODAY. It’s urgent that we let them know we are in strong support of these changes. Appreciate you always,Jessica Jackson Sloan#cut50

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Petitioning Democratic Presidential Candidates

Debate Criminal Justice Reform

During the first two Republican debates, none of the candidates discussed criminal justice in a meaningful way. This is unacceptable.   On Tuesday, CNN will host the first Democratic primary debate of 2015. Lets make sure the candidates discuss this paramount issue. More than two million people are behind bars in the United States --close to 1 out of every 100 Americans. At a time when highways are crumbling and schoolchildren go without books, America spends $80 billion every year on the incarceration industry – an expense that has a devastating impact on individuals, communities, and society as a whole.How our next President plans to handle this crisis and get us out of this mess is something we all need to know. That’s exactly what primary debates are for.    Please sign our petition requesting the candidates discuss their plans for criminal justice reform.There are so many important questions that could be asked: What would you do to shrink our bloated prison system?  How would you reform mandatory minimum sentencing for nonviolent drug offenders? How would you eliminate barriers that prevent formerly incarcerated people from successfully reentering society?Democratic and Republican candidates have agreed that reform is needed. But it is critical that we know exactly what they would do to take on the incarceration industry in America.Join us in convincing Presidential candidates to discuss their plans to reform our broken justice system.

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2,812 supporters
Petitioning U.S. Senate

It's Time for #JusticeReformNOW

Right now, we have an opportunity to fix one of the biggest moral crises of our time. 1 out of every 100 Americans is behind bars. The U.S. spends $80 billion a year on incarceration. 70 million Americans have a criminal record. In too many neighborhoods, young people of color are more like to go to prison than college. We have a critical moment of opportunity. Important criminal justice reforms have been introduced in Congress and received the support of leading Republicans and Democrats. People on both sides of the aisle know we cannot continue to incarcerate more people per capita than any other country in the world. Despite all the agreement, all the evidence, all the popularity and all the urgency, we are still awaiting votes on criminal justice reform proposals in the U.S. House and Senate. 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. Together, we can push Congress and President Obama to pass major legislation and get crucial bills signed into law this year. Sign this petition. Demand that Congress take action to roll back the incarceration industry in America.

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