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June 4, 2014

Over 1000 faith leaders sign letter in support of Smarter Sentencing Act

As highlighted by this article, over "1,100 clergy and faith leaders urged Congress to pass legislation reducing federal mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses in a June 3 letter to party leaders in the House and Senate."  Here is more about the prominent voices joining the chorus advocating for federal sentencing reform:

A total of 1,129 signers asked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reed (D-Nev.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to support the Smarter Sentencing Act, a bipartisan measure that passed the Senate Judiciary Committee in January. The faith leaders said tough sentencing laws passed in the 1980s “war on drugs” disproportionately affect minorities....

“For too long, Congress has ignored the consequences of the harsh sentencing policies it approved during the 1980s and the disproportionate harm it has caused people of color and those convicted of low-level offenses,” the letter said. “The Smarter Sentencing Act is a step towards addressing racial injustice as well as reducing mass incarceration that characterizes our current justice system.”

Roy Medley, general secretary of American Baptist Churches USA, was a lead signer for the letter coordinated by the Faith in Action Criminal Justice Reform Working Group, a coalition of 43 faith organizations chaired by the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society.

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The lawyers took over the Inquisition business model, after French patriots beheaded 10,000 church officials, ending the First Inquisition. Not surprised about the commonality of interest between these filthy criminal cult enterprise criminals. Priests and lawyers, very little difference. Both have supernatural beliefs. Both strongly support and empower pure evil as their constituents. Both need a trimming again.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jun 5, 2014 12:07:05 AM

These people need to keep their THEOLOGY out of my DEMOCRACY. Ever hear of the separation of Church and State? How dare they impose their religious views on all of us!

Wait, I'm sorry -- that argument only works if the policy being promoted is a conservative one.

Posted by: Bill Jones | Jun 5, 2014 10:38:23 AM

Should it not generally be left to judge and jury to decide on the severity of a sentence, ranging from reprimand, probation through pecuniary fines up to incarceration etc. Mandatory sentences, even if they did not sociologically fall more on the colored part of the population (which is just a US quirk in the whole debate - in Europe there is no such thing in most countries but still mandatory sentencing make things awkward for courts, esp. since a defendant has to fight tooth and nail whereas otherwise he/she might accept an milder sentence readily if deemed "adequate".

Posted by: Maureen Coffey | Jul 1, 2014 12:19:16 PM

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