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Extreme sentencing laws have pushed the number of people in American jails and prisons to over 2.3 million — with more than half imprisoned for nonviolent crimes. These unnecessarily long sentences have led to bloated, overcrowded prisons and wasted billions of taxpayer dollars that could be better invested in our communities.
Right now, we have a unique opportunity to rein in mass incarceration for people in the federal system. Congress members on both sides of the aisle have joined together in support of the Smarter Sentencing Act — a bill that could roll back some extreme federal mandatory minimum sentences.
If thousands of us put pressure on our congress members, we can reduce draconian sentencing laws that tear apart families.
Take action now: ask Congress to roll back federal mandatory minimum sentencing laws by scheduling and passing the Smarter Sentencing Act.
The preceding text is an email from the ACLU. You can contact your U.S. Congressperson by clicking here to visit the ACLU Action page for this campaign.
For previous Ladybug Magazine coverage of the ACLU, click here.
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