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Make Your Voice Heard - Sentencing Commission 11/18/15

Nov 5, 2015 | by admin

State House Day of Action Sentencing Commission Hearing Wednesday November 18, 2015 10:30 a.m. Room # tba

Help us move the RMV Collateral Sanctions Bill S.64/H.1429
Justice Reinvestment Act S.64/H.1429

Join us for a short rally and training and demonstrate our presence at the Sentencing Commission. If you or someone you know could testify and strengthen our case for repealing mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders, please email: LewFinfer@gmail.com and erin@n2nma.org

Background and Next Steps:

A. After the June 9 and October 10 Judiciary Committee meetings, it’s now up to them move the Justice Reinvestment Act as an omnibus bill or in pieces. It seems the Senate is ready to act. We need to reach out to House members and ask them to support the Justice Reinvestment Act S.64/H.1429 and request House Speaker DeLeo to take up our legislation.

B. The Senate passed a repeal of the Registry of Motor Vehicles fine (RMV Collateral Sanctions Bill) and the waiting period for people with non-driving related drug offenses to regain their driver’s licenses. This bill is a part of the Justice Reinvestment Act and also a single file bill (Sen. Chandler & Rep. Malia s.2014/H.3039). We must ask House members to request Speaker DeLeo to schedule a vote on this.

C. The State Sentencing Commission is holding an all day hearing on November 18 starting at 9:30 in Gardiner Auditorium. This is the place to make the case for two sections of the Justice Reinvestment Act: repeal of Mandatory Minimums and reducing some felonies to misdemeanors. Join us at 11:00 am for a short rally and meeting with our legislators prior to the hearing.

The Justice Reinvestment Act will improve justice and safety, reduce incarceration and invest millions of dollars to create jobs for struggling families.

Your involvement is key to the success of ending mass incarceration in Massachusetts.