CNDP is pleased to announce that we have established a new Take Action vehicle on our website, which will allow you to send customized letters and petitions to your legislators. As our first action, we ask you to support the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act. This landmark piece of legislation reduces mandatory minimums, which have long been a hallmark of our failed War on Drugs policies.
Along with fellow clergy, I have just returned from an enlightening trip to Vancouver. We learned about the city's innovative, harm reduction-based approach to drug policy. I look forward to sharing more about the trip in our next newsletter.
Finally, I am delighted to report that Pennsylvania will, indeed, become the 24th state to approve medical marijuana. Yesterday, the House of Representatives approved the latest version of the bill and forwarded it to Governor Tom Wolf, who has long supported the measure and is expected to sign the bill immediately. Clergy voices in Pennsylvania contributed to this success.
Rev. Alexander E. Sharp
Executive Director, Clergy for a New Drug Policy
Since Clergy for a New Drug Policy began, we have identified mandatory minimums as a key component of the War on Drugs requiring reform. We are pleased to announce that a bipartisan congressional committee has crafted the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, which would reform unjust sentencing policies.
Mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses have subverted the American justice system for too long. These laws have greatly contributed to mass incarceration, including the incarceration of the innocent.
The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act will expand federal discretion for judges and reduce mandatory minimums. These changes will apply retroactively, allowing those already convicted to benefit from the change in sentencing law. Read more about the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act.
It is time to change a system in which fear of punishment wins out over truth and justice.
Write your senators now to encourage them to support the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act.