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CNDP April Newsletter
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Changing Laws, Restoring Lives
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

In this issue, we celebrate the fact that Illinois has just become the 21st state to decriminalize low-level marijuana possession and express our thanks to the clergy who helped to pass this law.

At the federal level, President Obama has just provided clemency to 214 individuals serving unduly harsh federal sentences. Public defender and award-winning author Jeanne Bishop tells us about the outcome for two of her clients.

Rev. Alexander E. Sharp, 
Executive Director, Clergy for a New Drug Policy
No More "Marked for Life"

As we head into the deep summer days of August, let’s take a moment to celebrate a major step forward for drug policy. Illinois has just become the 21st state to decriminalize the possession of low levels of marijuana.

We are grateful for the more than 50 Illinois clergy who have signed the Religious Declaration of Clergy for a New Drug Policy, which includes marijuana decriminalization on our agenda. We thank the more than 30 who petitioned Governor Rauner to sign the bill after the General Assembly had passed it in mid-May.

Based on the testimony from those who worked on this bill in Springfield, our voices made a difference.

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Why Not Forgiveness?

By Jeanne Bishop

 
Jeanne Bishop is a public defender, journalist, and author. She serves as a pro bono advocate for clients seeking release from federal prison under the federal clemency program. Jeanne here describes the outcome for two of her clients. Clemency is a key priority of Clergy for a New Drug Policy.
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