NHMC Joins Over 60 Civil and Human Rights Groups in a Letter Stating that Sentencing Fixes Must Be Included in Prison Reform

letter sent to the House Judiciary Committee, expressing opposition to any efforts to pass prison reform legislation without addressing discriminatory sentencing provisions. The groups urged Congress to continue to support comprehensive reform and raised substantive concerns with the Prison Reform and Redemption Act (H.R. 3356). The groups noted that, “[i]f Congress is serious about addressing meaningful prison reform, it will pass legislation that would deal with the conditions of confinement such as reducing the use of solitary confinement, providing adequate medical care to prisoners, and addressing exorbitant prison phone rates. While we share the goal of reforming the federal prison system, the provisions of this bill, as written, do not promise real prison reform.” Full list of signatories: The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights American Civil Liberties Union African American Ministers in Action American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations American Humanist Association Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance Autistic Self Advocacy Network Bend the Arc Jewish Action Buried Alive Project Campaign for Youth Justice CANDO Foundation Center for Responsible Lending Coalition on Human Needs CURE (Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants) Defending Rights & Dissent Drug Policy Alliance Equal Justice Society Equality California Equity Matters Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Faith Action Network – Washington State Government Information Watch Harm Reduction Coalition Hip Hop Caucus Human Rights Watch Justice Strategies JustLeadershipUSA Law Enforcement Action Partnership Life for Pot MomsRising NAACP NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. National Action Network National Association of Social Worker National Black Justice Coalition National Center for Lesbian Rights National Coalition on Black Civic Participation National Council of Churches National Employment Law Project National Hispanic Media Coalition National Immigration Law Center National Juvenile Justice Network National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund National Organization for Women National Religious Campaign Against Torture NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice People For the American Way PFLAG National Prison Policy Initiative Safer Foundation Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund Students for Sensible Drug Policy T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights The Decarceration Collective The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls The United Methodist Church – General Board of Church and Society UnidosUS Union for Reform Judaism United Church of Christ United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs We Got Us Now 334 East 92nd Street Tenant Association]]>

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