Last Prisoner Project

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    Petitioning U​.​S. Senate, U​.​S. House of Representatives

    Oppose Injustice: Urge Congress to Stop the Criminalization of Cannabis

    It’s been five decades since the US declared a "War on Drugs", and America’s national policy of marijuana prohibition continues to destroy millions of lives, devastate countless communities, and exacerbate racial inequality in our society. As our new study, Criminal Injustice: Cannabis & The Rise of the Carceral State, illustrates, marijuana prohibition plays a critical crucial role in fueling the over-policing of underserved neighborhoods, the mass incarceration of communities of color, and widespread civic and economic disenfranchisement.  The human and economic costs of this unjust and ineffective policy are staggering. The discriminatory (and constitutionally-questionable) policing of marijuana offenses continues to drive millions of police encounters every single year. Law enforcement agencies have made over 6 million arrests—and nearly 15 million stops and citations—for marijuana over the past decade. Every year, police make more arrests for cannabis possession (over 600,000) than for all ‘violent’ crimes combined.  The human and economic costs of this unjust and ineffective policy are as staggering and they are racially disparate. Though white Americans are just as likely to use marijuana as their Black peers, African-Americans are almost four times more likely to be arrested on cannabis charges. The tragic deaths of Breonna Taylor, Philando Castile, and countless other Americans are visceral reminders of the human toll of our discriminatory drug policies.  As Americans, we believe in the importance of liberty, opportunity, and equal justice under the law. Our current approach to cannabis doesn’t just fail to live up to these values: it actively erodes the rights, threatens the prosperity, and imperils the health, safety, and security of all of our communities.  And the vast majority of the country agrees. A recent Pew survey found that nearly 90% of American adults don't support Congress’s current approach to cannabis.  Despite this overwhelming, bipartisan support for an end to the criminalization of cannabis,  politicians continue to support prohibition. Both medical and adult-use marijuana remains illegal under U.S. federal law. It’s time to come together and demand Congress deschedule cannabis, dismantle the drug war, and develop a more just and effective approach to drug policy. An end to marijuana prohibition—and the creation of a common-sense, public health-focused approach to cannabis—will help us combat injustice, bolster our freedoms, and achieve our full potential as a country. 

    Last Prisoner Project
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    Petitioning Donald J. Trump, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Michael Carvajal


    DONATE DIRECTLY TO OUR COVID-19 EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND. GET UPDATES AT: It's critical that our response to this global Coronavirus pandemic protects our most vulnerable people – including our incarcerated communities. Of the 2.3 million incarcerated people in the U.S., roughly 165,000 are over the age of 55. Compared to the general population, people in jail and prison are more likely to have pre-existing health conditions. These groups of people are most at risk of falling ill or dying from the coronavirus, or COVID-19. Failing to act could expose tens of thousands of people in prisons and jails across the country to the virus. Given the crowded nature of our correctional institutions, an outbreak is likely and would not only endanger people in prisons but also correctional staff and outside communities. Sign this petition if you agree that public officials should take steps to protect people in prison or jail from the virus as well as preserving contact with loved ones on the outside. Mass incarceration has left prisons and jails highly susceptible to an outbreak given overcrowding, lack of resources, and little access to medical care. To address this situation public officials need to take steps to reduce overcrowding and ensure access to medical care as well as access to communication with loved ones. These steps include: Identifying people who are scheduled to be released from prison or jail in the next six months and release them into home confinement. Parole prisoners over the age of 65, with priority given to those who have underlying health conditions that make them particularly susceptible to the virus. Individuals who have successfully completed at least three years of supervision should be transferred to administrative supervision or have their supervision terminated altogether. Suspend copays for medical visits made by incarcerated persons. It is cruel and unusual punishment to deny access to lifesaving medical care to incarcerated individuals simply because they can't afford it. This is particularly unjust when considering prisoners often work for less than a dollar a day, including those making hand sanitizer for the state of New York. Correctional facilities across the country have drastically reduced or completely eliminated visitation. In normal times, we would point to the significant evidence that sustained meaningful contact with family and friends benefits incarcerated people in the long run, including reducing recidivism. But it is even more important, in this time of crisis, for incarcerated people to know that their loved ones are safe and vice versa. While many facilities have suspended in-person visitation, only a few have made an effort to supplement this loss by waiving fees for phone calls and video communication. We must ensure FREE access to smart visitations and phone calls for all incarcerated individuals. RELEASE ALL CANNABIS PRISONERS. No one incarcerated for a victimless cannabis offense should continue to be incarcerated today. Now is the time to free our cannabis prisoners and further reduce the risk of outbreaks in correctional facilities.

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