VETO SB219: THE "NEW JIM CROW" BILL

Started by Stephen Smith on Apr 05, 2017 Crime
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{"ops":[{"insert":"Your legislature, led by Senator Ryan Weld, passed Senate Bill 219 - which increases mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes.\n \nWe need Governor Justice to VETO SB 219 because every time in American history when mandatory minimums have been pushed for drug crimes, three things happen:\n \n1. We open more prisons.\n2. We criminalize addicts, and cut drug treatment.\n3. We disproportionately incarcerate Black men, and poor people of every race. \n \nThat's why we call this bill the \"New Jim Crow\" bill. \n \nNo matter what you call it, bills like this one are responsible for the enormous overcrowding problem in our prisons, and for the enormous "},{"attributes":{"italic":true,"bold":true},"insert":"rise in substance abuse"},{"insert":" (because they criminalize addiction -- instead of treating it). Legislation likes this runs counter to the bi-partisan WV Justice Reinvestment Act that sought to reduce prison population through means such as drug treatment and alternative sentences. "},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"Mandatory minimums don't work."},{"insert":"\n\nTell Governor Justice: \"VETO SB219: We Need Treatment Beds, Not More Prison Beds!\"\n"}]}
{"ops":[{"insert":"Hi,\n\nMy name is "},{"attributes":{"underline":true,"italic":true,"bold":true},"insert":"[name]"},{"insert":", and I live at "},{"attributes":{"underline":true,"italic":true,"bold":true},"insert":"[address] [city] [zipcode]."},{"insert":"\n\nI’m calling to urge Governor Jim Justice to VETO against Senate Bill 219"},{"attributes":{"italic":true},"insert":"."},{"insert":"\n\nWe need treatment beds, not prison beds.\n\nThank you.\n"}]}

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Please @wvgovernor VETO SB219 - the New Jim Crow bill - we need treatment beds, not prison beds! #wvlegis

7:24 PM - 17 Aug 2016

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