“Let’s fight hard where we disagree. But let’s come together and help people whenever and can agree” - Van Jones
Prisoners older than 55 serving time make up the fastest-growing age group behind bars, increasing more than 500% since the 1990s. 1400 women give birth behind bars shackled to their beds. (Yes, we actually do that.) And people don’t go to prison, families do.
For the hundreds of thousands of Americans that are locked up in cages in US federal prison reform is not a bipartisan issue. Wall-of-Us is joining Van Jones’ #Cut50, Keith Ellison, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, and many others to support the FIRST STEP Act which passed out of the House Judiciary Committee on a 25-5 vote a few weeks ago. It would do a LOT of good for a LOT of people sitting in federal prison right now, making it easier for them to stay in touch with their families, trim the sentences of the elderly and thousands with good time credit, ban shackling of pregnant women and strengthen evidence-based recidivism reduction programs.
It’s not all that is needed to fix our broken criminal justice system - it’s not even close - but, like Van says, we need to find the common ground, get this done, and continue to fight like hell for more.
1 Skim FAMM’s summary of the bill
2 Sign up to support here and call your members of Congress, using the script below.You must login to see the contact info and scripts for your representatives.