The Common Good

1,100 Clergy, Religious Leaders Call For Sentencing Reform In Federal Drug Cases

Date: June 3, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.—(ENEWSPF)—June 3, 2014. More than 1,100 faith leaders urged the U.S. Congress today to support a bipartisan sentencing reform bill to reduce mandatory-minimum sentences for federal drug offenses. The Smarter Sentencing Act (S 1410/HR 3382) passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee in January and is poised for a vote by the Senate. The legislation would alleviate dangerous prison overcrowding and racial disparity in incarceration...

Rabbi David Saperstein, director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners

Jim Winkler, president, National Council of Churches, USA