President Biden: Keep People Home Through Clemency
Mass incarceration is a moral failure and racial justice crisis. President Biden has pledged to end this crisis by cutting America’s prison rates, but truly fulfilling that promise will take bold action.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, 13,000 people were released from prison to home confinement, rejoined their communities, started new jobs, and began new lives. Now this successful program is under attack: A resolution was introduced in the Senate that would strip away this fresh start and return over 3,000 people to prison if President Biden does not grant clemency. Biden must use his clemency authority now. Sign the petition today.
The fact is, the United States incarcerates more people than any other nation in the world – 2.3 million individuals are in jail or prison today.
Decades of inhumane charging and sentencing policies – some of which President Biden helped create – have fortified a system where we incarcerate too many people for too long. And the racist architecture that underpins criminal justice in America is deeply entrenched in all of this: Black people are imprisoned at 5.9 times the rate of white people. For Latine people, it’s 3.1 times the rate of imprisonment. Meanwhile, our prison system costs taxpayers $80 billion per year – money that should be invested in communities to help them thrive.
But through the power of clemency, President Biden can begin to redeem the soul of our nation by commuting unjust and unnecessary sentences. The time to act is now. Join us by signing the petition to amplify this crucial message today.