The problems in our prison system are the result of decades of failed policies. From the war on drugs to mandatory minimum sentencing and three-strike laws, we have incarcerated too many people with sentences that are far too long. The United States now has the highest incarceration rate in the world; we make up five percent of the world's population but have twenty-one percent of the world's prison population.
Decades of expanding prison populations have cost taxpayers millions, and destroyed families and livelihoods, without leaving any room for rehabilitation, healing, or second chances. Releasing people affected by these unfair sentencing policies is a first step we can take to make things right.
We need you. Urge Governor Polis to use his clemency powers to safely release people from prison. Redemption is real. Clemency is compassion. We need Governor Polis to extend a hand.
Governor Jared Polis