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Reform America’s prison system and end mass incarceration

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The United States is the world’s leading jailer, and it’s not even that close. Except for Russia, we imprison more than double the percentage of our population than nearly every other country in the world.

Over the last 40 years, our prison population has skyrocketed thanks to racist policies and practices that target black and brown members of our communities.

It’s time to end mass incarceration. Here are some concrete steps lawmakers can take to restore justice within our communities:

  • Pass sentencing reforms. Many low-level, non-violent offenses should not merit prison time.
  • Fully acknowledge and eliminate the racial bias in our laws and sentencing guidelines.
  • Eliminate mandatory sentencing. Let judges be judges.
  • Strengthen the parole and probation system, and create more alternatives to locking people up and throwing away the key.
  • Properly fund rehabilitation and addiction programs, and end the costly and failed "War on Drugs."
  • Eliminate for-profit prisons, because corporations shouldn’t profit off mass incarceration.

Mass incarceration is driven by racism and deepens racial disparities — and is totally ineffective at reducing crime or improving public safety.

Ending mass incarceration starts here and it starts with us.

Sign the petition: Reform America’s broken prison system and end mass incarceration.

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This petition sponsored by:

Jim McGovernU.S. Representative from Massachusetts
Rashida TlaibU.S. Representative from Michigan
Betsy SweetCandidate for U.S. Senate from Maine

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