Urge Your Assembly Member to Support the RISE Act—Take Action TODAY

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We all know that the War on Drugs has been a costly failure–and catastrophic for people of color—but “liberal” California’s criminal code still continues the war by doubling or tripling the sentence for a nonviolent drug offense if the person has a prior conviction for a similar offense. These harsh “enhancements” have left almost 2000 Californians languishing in overcrowded county jails with sentences of 5-10 years or more. Thousands more are warehoused in state prisons.

The California Senate passed Sen. Holly Mitchell’s RISE (Repeal Ineffective Sentencing Enhancement) Act back in May. We are now at the finish line in the Assembly. The Friends Committee on Legislation has created a quick and easy way for us to send an email to our own Assembly members. It takes less than 3 minutes. We urge you to click this link and take action today to help repudiate the “War on Drugs” once and for all. Do it now: this issue is time-sensitive.

peter laarman(SB180–the RISE Act–does NOT reduce penalties for people who traffic in large-volume drug sales or who traffic drugs to minors.)

Peter Laarman

About Peter Laarman

Rev. Peter Laarman serves on the Justice Not Jails steering committee. He formerly directed Progressive Christians Uniting, the LA-based network of activist individuals and congregations that first launched Justice Not Jails in 2012 as a multifaith initiative. He served as the senior minister of New York’s Judson Memorial Church from 1994 to 2004. Ordained in the United Church of Christ, Peter spent 15 years as a labor movement strategist and communications specialist prior to training for ministry.