We are in a position to change the course of prison reform and affect the lives of potentialy Thousands of inmates including the more than 100 on our list. Legislation such as H.R. 1523 and the bills mentioned below will have a huge impact and will play a significant role our goals of ending prohibition. I find it interesting that instead of a constant drumbeat to make our representatives listen to us and enact these necessary reforms, I had the urgancy brought forth from one of our POWs Dustin Costa, I recieved this via corrlinks and was able to share his message via our weekly Radio Show
from DC (POW Dustin Costa) Hey everyone,
I am forwarding the attached email to all to ask you to read it and then to email, write or call and to urge your Senators and Congresspersons to support these two Senate Bills. Further, for you to urge all within your influence to do the same.
I can only speak for myself with regard to the significance of these Bills, but it if they were to pass into law, I would be released a whole lot sooner than four and a half years from now, perhaps within the year. Please, please make the effort to contact your policy makers and insist on their support.
Smarter Sentencing Act
1) Would make individuals in Criminal History Category 2 eligible for the “safety-vale.” The U.S. Sentencing Commission would be required to adopt an amendment to the Guidelines incorporating this change, and could make that amendment retroactively applicable.
2) Would make the Fair Sentencing Act retroactively applicable to individuals who were sentenced before the Act took effect. Defendants would be able to file motions seeking relief based on the change.
3) Would alter several mandatory minimums. For instance, the mandatory minimum under 21 U.S.C. 841(b)(1)(A) would be lowered from 10 to five years, and from 5 to 2 years for convictions under 21 U.S.C. 841(b)(1)(B).
Summary: The Smarter Sentencing Act would make the crack law fully retroactive. It is not clear how the change would affect career offenders. The act would also increase the availability of the Safety Valve, and that change could be made retroactive by the U.S. Sentencing Commission. The Act would also lower mandatory minimums for drug offenses.
1) Would allow judges to impose sentences below the mandatory minimum after considering the relevant sentencing factors in 18 U.S.C. 3553(a).
Summary: the Justice Safety Valve Act would give judges greater discretion to impose sentences below mandatory minimums.
(1) Under the proposed legislation, the BOP would begin offering prisoners up to 60 days of good time each year for participating in re-entry programs. These credits would be capped at a total of no more than 15 percent of a prisoner’s total sentence, but be in addition to the 54 days of good time.
(2) BOP would be forced to make sure that prisoners get into the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP) with sufficient time left in order to permit up to a year off of the sentence.
(3) The BOP would be required to retroactively provide prisoners with 54 days of good time per year based on the sentence imposed. Thus on a ten year sentence a prisoner would be eligible to earn 540 days of good time compared to 470 days under current BOP policy.
Summary: The Recidivism Reduction and Public Safety Act of 2013 would give federal prisoners the opportunity to earn up to 114 days off of their sentences each year based on programming and good behavior. In addition, the law would permit prisoners to better maximize the time off available for taking the RDAP.
WE CAN ALL MAKE A DIFFERENCE
When enough of us make it important enough to make our voices be heard, “Public Sentiment” will be known. You can reach your Elected representative from the comfort of your home via phone, letter or email and request, or demad (depending on your style) that they support these landmark bills!
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Imagine if YOUR call, letter,email, or appointment had a direct impact on one of our POWs coming home to be with their loved ones!
thank you for being the solution