Lower mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders

Lower mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders

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Camille Lodugnon started this petition to 2020 Presidential Candidates and

Hi! Our names are Tess Hodder and Camille Lodugnon, and we are two freshmen attending Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. This year we had the privilege to participate in a service-learning course which is a full year course that incorporates service into our curriculum. Throughout the course, we've learned and been exposed to people that have been affected by the criminal justice system. We've learned that almost half of our prison population is in prison for drug offenses, according to the federal bureau of prisons at least 45% of inmates are in prison for drug offenses. In a 2005 study conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 76.9% of drug offenders were rearrested within five years and almost half within a year. According to the Federal Bureau of Statistics, the U.S spends about 81 billion a year on our prison system. Instead of using that money to send those non-violent drug offenders back to prison we should be working on rehabilitating them so they can re-enter society and help add to our economy. We need to be working on our prison addiction programs instead of giving those offenders harder and longer sentences. Let's call our state representatives, senators, mayors, 2020 presidential candidates and make a change and help these offenders correct their mistakes and re-enter society! For more information on these issues and how you can help visit https://www.prisonpolicy.org/

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