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April 23, 2014

President Bartlet urges Congress to pass the Smarter Sentencing Act

I am pleased and intrigued to learn via this Mother Jones piece, headlined "Martin Sheen Reprises His 'West Wing' Role — for a Sentencing Reform PSA," that a high-profile celebrity is making the case for federal sentencing reform. Here are the details (along with links):

On Tuesday, Brave New Films released a new PSA calling on Congress to pass the Smarter Sentencing Act. The proposed sentencing-reform legislation aims to reduce prison populations and costs by creating less severe minimum terms for nonviolent drug offenders. (On Monday,Yahoo News reported that President Obama could grant clemency to "hundreds, perhaps thousands" of nonviolent drug offenders by the end of his second term.) The video was produced in partnership with the ACLU and Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), and stars actor Martin Sheen. It's titled "President Bartlet has a message for Congress," in reference to Sheen's role on Aaron Sorkin's political drama The West Wing.

"When BNF joined with FAMM and the ACLU to rally support for the Smart Sentencing Act, we couldn't think of a better spokesperson than Martin Sheen," Brave New Films president Robert Greenwald said. "When he portrayed President Bartlett on The West Wing, his character commuted the sentences of nonviolent drug offenders. In the real world, Martin Sheen has been an advocate for sentencing reform and alternatives to the harsh, long prison sentences we give to nonviolent drug offenders."

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I look forward to the PSA from President "Tug" Benson from Hot Shots! Part Deux...

Posted by: Eric Knight | Apr 23, 2014 8:16:30 PM

Use the $ to set up a place not a half way house that barely feeds them but collect the $ like El Paso. A place where they would go for 30 -45 days to learn a trade and placed in a job immediately when they complete this program. They can get internship pay at first then after 30 days regular salary with benefits. Make a deal with the oil companies in Texas to accept these individuals and utilize these jobs to train them so that they will be successful and start to pay taxes. Not come out and get SSI for PTS because they will qualify for what they have had to experience in prison. In prison they are there to survive, so are the guards. With these high temperatures, it is inhuman, they only get a 10 gallon jug of water twice a day, by the time they get it the ice is melted. They are on lock down during these hot days and are unable to move around. Not even the dog is treated like this in the pound. We need to take a different approach and help these individuals, prison was made to rehabilitate these individual not treat them like no one cares. The guards are just getting paid to babysit, some when given a little authority have been know to abuse individual because there is a personality conflict. Grievances are a laugh throw away the book, no one wins a grievance, look back and you can see it for yourself. I will volunteer to help if need to help these individuals to succeed in life. The Bible clearly saids, lets not forget those in prison. Do your part by making a difference.

Posted by: Hawkeyeshines | Jul 9, 2014 4:05:27 PM

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