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Arizona is the only state in the country that applies "Truth in Sentencing" to non violent offenders. There are good reasons no other state sides with Arizona on this issue. It does not work. It is both fiscally irresponsible and counter-productive to reducing the recidivism rate in Arizona.

In March of this year, Dave Wells, Ph.D., with the Grand Canyon Institute, published a meticulously documented report which not only pointed out the numerous shortcomings in the current law but also proposed a detailed solution.
His report can be viewed at the following link:

http://grandcanyoninstitute.org/sites/grandcanyoninstitute.org/files/GCI_Policy_Paper_Prisons-March2012.pdf

Several Arizona legislators have labored diligently to present legislative bills that would fix this problem. In fact, earlier this year, House Bill 2521 was introduced only to be stone walled by Representative David Gowan.

We must question why our legislators would block legislation which, as supported by Dave Wells' report, would save Arizona taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars and reduce crime in our communities.

With each signature, we tell our representatves that we are demanding change. We tell them that this legislation is important to us. Elected officials are sworn to serve the best interest of those who elect them. It is time we held them accountable.

Letter to
Senate Steve Yarbrough
House Kate Brophy McGee
House Javan "J.D." Mesnard
and 56 others
House Steve B Montenegro
House Amanda A Reeve
House David Burnell Smith
House Jim Weiers
House Cecil P Ash
House Terri Proud
House Vic Williams
Senate Frank Antenori
House Steve Urie
House Ted Vogt
Senate Paula Aboud
Senate Sylvia Allen
Senate Andy Biggs
Senate Leah Landrum Taylor
Senate Steve Pierce
Senate Michele Reagan
Senate David Schapira
Senate Don Shooter
Senate Steve Smith
House Eddie Ableser
House Brenda Barton
House Judy Burges
House Chad Campbell
House Heather Carter
House Steve Court
House Eric Meyer
House Justin Olson
House Lynne Pancrazi
House Justin Pierce
House Frank Pratt
House Bob Robson
House Carl Seel
House Michelle Ugenti
House Jerry Weiers
House Bruce Wheeler
House Kimberly Yee
State Representative Juan Escamilla
State Representative David Stevens
State Representative Andy Tobin
State Representative T.J. Shope
State Representative Lydia Hernandez
State Representative Debbie McCune-Davis
State Representative Sally Gonzales
State Representative Victoria Steele
State Representative Justin Pierce
State Representative Steve Montenegro
State Representative John Kavanagh
State Representative David Livingston
State Representative Justin Olson
State Representative Heather Carter
State Representative Karen Fann
State Representative Paul Boyer
State Representative Rick Gray
State Representative Doug Coleman
State Representative Ethan Orr
State Representative Doris Goodale
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Arizona House of Representatives.

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Stop sentencing non violent offenders with "Truth in Sentencing"

Arizona is the only state in the country that applies "Truth in Sentencing" to non violent offenders. There are good reasons no other state sides with Arizona on this issue. It does not work. It is both fiscally irresponsible and counter-productive to reducing the recidivism rate in Arizona.

In March of this year, Dave Wells, Ph.D., with the Grand Canyon Institute, published a meticulously documented report which not only pointed out the numerous shortcomings in the current law but also proposed a detailed solution.
His report can be viewed at the following link:
http://grandcanyoninstitute.org/sites/grandcanyoninstitute.org/files/GCI_Policy_Paper_Prisons-March2012.pdf

Several Arizona legislators have labored diligently to present legislative bills that would fix this problem. In fact, earlier this year, House Bill 2521 was introduced only to be stone walled by Representative David Gowan.

We must question why our legislators would block legislation which, as supported by Dave Wells' report, would save Arizona taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars and reduce crime in our communities.

With each signature, we tell our representatives that we are demanding change. We tell them that this legislation is important to us. Elected officials are sworn to serve the best interest of those who elect them. It is time we held them accountable.
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Sincerely,