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Statement On Today’s White House Meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 5, 2018
CONTACT: Alex Gudich | 415-240-2016 | alex@cut50.org

#cut50’s Statement On Today’s White House Meeting

“We are happy to join Kim Kardashian at the White House today in an effort to fix our broken clemency system. We are working to build support for prison reform, sentencing reform, and fair treatment of people coming home from prison. When you have prominent people like Kim helping voiceless people behind bars –like Chris Young who she is advocating for today – that’s incredibly powerful. People behind bars are a very vulnerable constituency – they often can’t vote or make big donations to political parties; they don’t hire lobbyists. I am proud to join Kim today to fight on their behalf.” – Van Jones

“I specifically look forward to discussing ways to improve the current clemency process with this administration. That’s something we have fought for dating back to the Obama administration’s clemency effort. We simply can’t trust the prosecutors who put these folks in prison to be in charge of deciding whether or not the President should let them out. I’m also glad that we will be discussing Chris Young’s case – his story is a living, breathing example of how mandatory minimum sentencing is unfair and unjust. Today is a chance for us to make progress on the monumental opportunity presented by the FIRST STEP Act. Let’s get something done in support of justice, freedom, and second chances for people in federal prison.” – Jessica Jackson Sloan

“When I looked at Alice, I said we can’t just stop with one person. We have to change the laws.” – Kim Kardashian

 

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Jessica Jackson Sloan is the co-founder national director of #cut50. Her first husband was sent to prison for a low-level drug-related offense. She turned her pain into purpose and now fights to reform the system that destroyed her family and too many others’

#cut50 works to cut crime and incarceration in all 50 states. The organization brings together unlikely allies—formerly and currently incarcerated individuals, community members, crime survivors, local elected officials, and law enforcement--to keep communities safe and families


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