An Important Message from Gail Fletcher and FCNL

This is an effort to encourage you to become a political activist.  I have copied some information from a conference call we participated in recently.  Please read the information and if you are led, please call your Senators.  If you have called your congressmen before you know it is very easy and if you have not made a call before here's an opportunity for a new experience!!!!

If you want more information you can go to a web site that is Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)  www.fcnl.org  You will find more information on the issues involved with criminal justice reform.

Here is the material I have copied.

 

 

Dear Friend:

Your interest and commitment to advancing a fairer and more compassionate criminal justice system will make reform of federal sentencing and corrections law possible. Please call your senators and urge them to support the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, S. 2123. Dial 800-826-3688 twice (for each senator) and ask the operator to connect you to your senator’s office.

 

Our faith traditions compel us to speak about the injustices of the criminal justice system and to demand comprehensive reform. In the U.S. Senate, the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 (S. 2123) is a bipartisan effort to address dangerous overcrowding in federal prisons and to create sentences that are proportional and just. All of us joining together in our common belief in a more humane justice system can influence lawmakers and make change a reality.

 

Here is a sample script you can use:

 

"Hi, my name is                     , and as a person of faith I believe in the power of redemption, and support a criminal justice system that offers second chances. I urge Senator                 to not only support the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (S. 2123), but to urge Senator McConnell and Senator Reid to make passing it a priority."

The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 (S. 2123) would, among other provisions:

  • Reduce mandatory minimums sentences;
  • Make retroactive those reductions as well as provisions of the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010;
  • Expand judicial discretion in setting sentences below the mandatory minimum for nonviolent, low-level drug offenses;
  • Codify the ban on juvenile solitary confinement in federal prisons;
  • Offer pathways for prisoners who participate in anti-recidivism and re-entry programs to finish their sentences in halfway houses or on home confinement, rather than in prison.

Thank you again for joining us today on the National Interfaith Call for Criminal Justice Reform. We hope you will continue your interest and advocacy on this issue by calling your senators tomorrow at 800-826-3688.

Over the next few weeks we will continue to reach out as opportunities arise for you to raise your voice for reform.