I began this blog in May 2009 following the death of Marcia Powell at Perryville State Prison in Goodyear, Arizona. It is not intended to prescribe the path that leads to freedom from the prison industrial complex.

Rather, these are just my observations in arguably the most racist, fascist, militaristic state in the nation at a critical time in history for a number of intersecting liberation movements. From Indigenous resistance to genocidal practices, to the fight over laws like SB1070 and the ban on Ethnic Studies, Arizona is at the center of many battles for human rights, and thus the struggle for prison abolition as well - for none are free until all are. I retired the blog in APRIL 2013.

Visit me now at Arizona Prison Watch or Survivors of Prison Violence-AZ

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Petition against Mandatory Minimums

"The Current Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Scheme has Failed"
Please sign the Petition to support the passage of H.R. 3327.

(Language of the petition)

"On July 24, Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.) and Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) introduced H.R. 3327, the “Ramos-Compean Justice Act of 2009.” H.R. 3327 would allow courts to sentence below a mandatory minimum when, after looking at all the relevant facts and circumstances of the case and considering the purposes of punishment, imposing a mandatory minimum sentence would violate 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a), a federal law that requires the sentence be no greater than necessary to comply with the purposes of punishment.

We believe that the current mandatory minimum sentencing scheme has failed. Its failure comes with billion-dollar direct costs. The cost of incarcerating a person in prison for a year is nearly $26,000. Right now, the U.S. has the largest prison population in the world, with 2.3 million behind bars at a cost of $5.4 billion to taxpayers each year.  I urge you to support passage of H.R. 3327!  This would save us money and relieve pressure on overcrowded prisons."

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