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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, October 7, 2016

CONTACT: Lacy Crawford | 252-292-6088 |Lacy@MegaphoneStrategies.com

#cut50 Calls on Clinton, Trump to Dive Deeper on Criminal Justice Reform

Key Topics to Address: Biased Policing, Overcrowded Prisons, Harsh Drug Laws, Public Safety, Clemency, and Second Chance Employment

Statement from Jessica Jackson Sloan, National Director of #cut50, on Sunday’s Presidential debate:

“Earlier this week, we saw both VP candidates agree that we need to fix our broken criminal justice system. For me, it was a faint glimmer of hope that our electoral process can yield rational discussions about solutions to our country’s greatest problems.

“At a time when we are so deeply divided, I hope that this Sunday, Mr. Trump and Secretary Clinton actually address how they would fix our drug policies and overcrowded prisons. I want to hear more about the strategies they would employ to preserve public safety in America.

“America leads the world in incarceration, with more prisoners by far than any country on the planet. We have a heroin epidemic killing more people this year than car accidents or gun violence. We have 70 million people in America with a criminal record, who face countless barriers to employment, housing and the American dream. These are grave problems of concern to millions of voters.

“Trump promises to restore ‘Law and Order,’ while Hillary has talked about ‘end to end’ reforms. We need to hear more about how they will fix this mess of a criminal justice system.

“Yesterday, President Obama commuted the sentences of 102 individuals who were serving extraordinarily long sentences in federal prison for nonviolent drug crimes. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton should discuss their plan to fix a federal prison system where nearly 50% of people behind bars are there for drug crimes.

“There is bipartisan agreement that we must invest in education, rehabilitation, and mental health care, rather than prisons. The candidates should both discuss the details of their plans for doing just that on Sunday.”

Note to Press: Jessica Jackson Sloan -- #cut50 National Director, former death row and criminal defense attorney, and judicial nominee expert -- is available for interviews by phone or in-person from San Francisco, CA Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s records and plans on criminal justice issues. To schedule, please contact Lacy Crawford Jr at Lacy@MegaphoneStrategies.com.

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#cut50,­ an initiative of The Dream Corps­, is a national bipartisan effort to smartly and safely reduce America’s incarcerated population by 50 percent over the next 10 years.

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