November 14, 2015

SDPC Goes to Congress And the UN

On Tuesday, November 3, 2015, SDPC Chairman, Rev. Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III joined members of the Interfaith Criminal Justice Coalition in briefing U. S. House and Senate staffers on moral questions raised by the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 (S. 2123). As reported in the Dallas News, Dr. Haynes was quoted as saying, "Any legislation that is holistic must be concerned about what is happening inside prisons...while creating opportunities outside for those who have re-entered society to...become full-fledged citizens."

A letter of support was drafted, in support of this legislation, noting collective objection to the new mandatory minimum sentences, but with resolve to work with legislators on passing S. 2123. To read and share, download letter of support here. We urge you to join the Interfaith Criminal Justice Coalition and personally tell your senators to support this bipartisan criminal justice reform legislation click here to send your letter.

SDPC issued a press release on November 9th, urging the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to stand by their call for decriminalization of drug use and possession in the United States and around the world. Read full press release here.

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