ACT NOW – Urge your Senators to Support the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015
Earlier in this Congress, CCUSA joined with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in support of efforts to improve our nation’s sentencing laws, provide improved programs for incarcerated individuals and improve our programs to help ex-offenders return back to our communities.
Through our continued advocacy and the critical cooperation of our partners across the country, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 (S. 2123) on October 22, 2015.
While not perfect, it is an important first step in reforming our nation’s broken criminal justice system. The bill would do the following:
- Reduce mandatory minimum sentences from some drug offenses;
- Give judges discretion to depart from mandatory minimums for some drug offenses;
- Expand “safety valves” to give judges more flexibility in sentencing;
- Counter recidivism by expanding prison-based rehabilitation programs;
- Give judges discretion to reduce juvenile life-without-parole sentences;
- Limit the use of solitary confinement for juveniles.
While great progress has been made over the last year, senators need to hear from you so that this bill can be approved by the Senate.
Email your senators today and urge them, if they have not already done so, to support and co-sponsor the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 (S. 2123).