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Our federal prison population is out of control. While America has only five percent of the world’s population, we have 25 percent of the world’s prison inmates–an 800% increase in the last 30 years.
Unless we curb policies like extreme sentencing, our prison population will continue to grow at these staggering rates. And taxpayers like you and I will continue to suffer the financial burden caused by this rapidly expanding prison system.
Our chance to rein in mass incarceration is here, but the clock is running out. Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle are in support of the Smarter Sentencing Act–a critical bill which could roll back some extreme federal mandatory minimum sentences.
But Congress hasn’t scheduled a vote on the bill yet, and going on break starting August 1st. It’s time for Congress to make smarter sentencing reforms a priority.
Urge Congress to schedule a vote on the Smarter Sentencing Act and support its passage before its members go home next week.
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