Want to join us in making a difference? This week, we're raising money for the criminal justice reform Dream Corps initiative #cut50, and any donation will help make an impact.
#cut50 provides a platform for directly impacted and formerly incarcerated community members to advocate for policy changes that would have affected them. These are the people who know the real impact signing a bill can have on lives. These are the faces behind the policies, and we know that it’s crucial for lawmakers and politicians to meet face-to-face with them in order to fully understand the reach of their vote or signature.
#cut50’s mission is to cut America’s incarcerated population IN HALF. It’s an ambitious goal, but they’re well on their way. In 2018, #cut50 played a major role in passing The First Step Act – federal legislation that many have called the most significant change to our criminal justice system in decades. This year, tens of thousands of people are eligible for early release from prison to reunite with their families and communities thanks to the First Step Act’s Good Time Credits, Compassionate Release, and other early release provisions.
But that’s not all – #cut50 is also fighting alongside formerly incarcerated women to help restore #Dignity to women in prison by passing the #Dignity Act in all 50 states. So far, they’ve passed Dignity bills in eight states including Georgia as recently as last week. These bills provide menstrual equity, etiquette standards for treatment by male guards, and guidelines for how far away from her children a woman can be sentenced.
And in California, #cut50 is fighting to keep families together by advocating for a new court system that would divert eligible parents and caregivers away from incarceration and toward rehabilitation. The Primary Caregiver Pretrial Diversion Act passed both the California State House and Senate, and is now headed to its next battle in the State Assembly. #cut50 and directly impacted advocates were in Sacramento this week sharing personal stories with lawmakers to help them understand the huge impact this bill would have on children and families.
Your donation will support #cut50’s growing network of formerly incarcerated advocates fighting for crucial changes to America’s criminal justice system. Formerly incarcerated community members know our criminal justice system best, and deserve a seat at the table when it comes to writing and passing laws that will affect them and those they left behind bars. Your donation will help uplift their voices.