End Racist Sentencing Laws and Excessive Prison Sentences

For 35 years, Black people have faced longer prison sentences for crack cocaine offenses because federal law imposes harsher penalties for crack offenses than for powder cocaine. Close to 9,000 people are incarcerated for crack cocaine and 1,500 new sentences are issued to people every year. This unjust framework – as well as other federal laws requiring excessively long prison sentences – has devastated communities of color.

It’s time we finally put an end to these unfair laws. The First Step Implementation Act (FSIA) and EQUAL Act are two critical bills that will reduce mandatory minimums for crack and other offenses and make those reductions retroactive – so people sentenced before laws changed aren’t left with outdated, excessive prison sentences.

These common-sense bills both have strong bipartisan support, and it’s crucial that the Senate moves them forward: Tell your senators to pass FSIA and EQUAL Act now.

Message Recipients: U.S. Senators

Take Action: End Racist Sentencing Laws and Excessive Prison Sentences
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Pass Critical Sentencing Reform Legislation Now

As your constituent, I urge you to pass the First Step Implementation Act (S. 1014) and EQUAL Act (S. 79) – two critical pieces of legislation that will help finally eliminate the racist sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine laws that exist in this country and reduce other excessively long sentences.

These two bills are common-sense legislation with bipartisan support. Please do all you can to ensure the swift passage of both the FSIA and EQUAL Act today to help ensure greater fairness in our federal sentencing laws.


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