By humanizing the narrative and pursuing transformative legislation, #cut50 is uniting the political machine of Washington DC, the financial reach of Wall Street, the innovation of Silicon Valley, and the cultural dominance of Hollywood to roll back the incarceration industry.
Our ongoing campaigns:
#JusticeReformNOW is our campaign for transformative criminal justice policies. There is an opportunity to pass historic federal legislation and move closer to ending mass incarceration in America. This legislation would reform mandatory minimum sentencing, establish alternatives to incarceration, and provide men and women returning home from prison with an opportunity to succeed. Policies passed at the federal level will create more political space for change at the local level.
#ClemencyNOW is our campaign urging President Obama to fulfill his promise to thousands of non-violent drug offenders languishing in federal prisons. In 2014, the President directed the Department of Justice to prioritize clemency for thousands of nonviolent drug offenders. But after two years, the sluggish pace of reviews threatens to leave many deserving men and women behind bars when the President leaves office in January. #cut50 is calling on the President to pull out all stops to make sure he keeps his promise. Between now and January, #ClemencyNOW will organize celebrities, advocates, academics, and those directly impacted by the incarceration industry to spotlight the people, family members and communities that are all counting on the President.
Day of Empathy is a campaign to leverage the power of virtual reality to change political and social realities. In partnership with Google, #cut50 and its network of media and advocacy partners will use virtual reality experiences based on true stories and broken aspects of our criminal justice system to raise awareness and impact the conversation around prison reform. In early 2017, thousands of activists will bring these VR experiences to elected officials across all 50 states and the U.S. Congress. Through VR, we can create empathy on a massive scale for millions of Americans behind bars and their loved ones. Isolation breeds indifference. Immersion creates empathy. Empathy can facilitate change.
#FeesAndFines is a multimedia campaign to shine light on a new wave of punishment spreading across America - monetary sanctions known as Fees and Fines. Two hundred years ago, the United States abolished debtors prisons but a new wave of monetary sanctions is bringing back the practice. This campaign aims to shine light on the activists, lawmakers and community members working to end a vicious cycle of poverty and incarceration perpetuated by Fees and Fines.