1 out of every 100 Americans is behind bars. The U.S. spends $80 billion a year on incarceration. 70 million Americans have a criminal record. In too many neighborhoods, young people of color are more like to go to prison than college.
We have a critical moment of opportunity.
Important criminal justice reforms have been introduced in Congress and received the support of leading Republicans and Democrats. People on both sides of the aisle know we cannot continue to incarcerate more people per capita than any other country in the world.
Despite all the agreement, all the evidence, all the popularity and all the urgency, we are still awaiting votes on criminal justice reform proposals in the U.S. House and Senate.
We are closer than ever to bold federal reforms.
This moment offers a once-in-a generation opportunity that could save entire communities and transform millions of lives. We must not let it pass.
Together, we can push Congress and President Obama to pass major legislation and get crucial bills signed into law this year.
Join the thousands who have put their name onto this petition through JusticeReformNOW.org, We Are Here Movement, Care2, Credo Action, MoveOn and Change.org!