DrugSense Weekly, September 29, 2000 #168

DrugSense Weekly, September 29, 2000 #168
Posted by FoM on September 29, 2000 at 13:42:01 PT
The Coalition for Jubilee Clemency
Source: DrugSense
Faith Leaders have been asked to sign the important letter to President Clinton below. This is truly a coalition of many faith-based organizations. It can be reviewed and you can help distribute this letter to religious leaders at:
Honorable William J. ClintonPresident of the United StatesThe White House1600 Pennsylvania Ave.,NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President: As faith leaders who cherish Divine justice and mercy for all persons, we ask you to grant clemency to and to release on supervised parole those Federal prisoners who have served at least five years for low-level, nonviolent involvement in drug cases (as defined by the U.S. Department of Justice). Mr. President, scores of Americans are serving unconscionably long sentences for drug offenses -- in some cases twenty years or more -- which are grossly out of proportion to the nature and severity of their crimes. These unduly severe sentences violate human rights and waste scarce criminal justice resources. The continued incarceration of such offenders does not serve any meaningful purpose. The constitutional power to grant reprieves and pardons is a unique and powerful tool to express the public's merciful spirit. As you know, the public has a strong desire for justice and for forgiveness. By exercising your executive power to forgive these men and women you help heal the devastating effects of race and class disparities in our criminal justice system. Commuting the sentences of low-level, nonviolent drug offenders will begin to restore much-needed public confidence in our criminal justice system. Many of these offenders are parents. Their children are being hurt by these separations. Their children and their communities need them home. Clemency is the last hope for justice for many of these offenders, as many have exhausted all appeal options available to them. Mr. President, only you have the power to return these men and women to their families, and to let them become peaceful, productive citizens. We hope, trust, and pray that you will. Sincerely, Click the link to read all of DrugSense Weekly's News Bulletin:DrugSense Weekly, September 29, 2000 #168 MapInc. Archives:
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