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Crime Bill Coming Up Maybe Wednesday
-- Urgent (and Easy) Action Items

The infamous Crime Bill is scheduled to be discussed and voted on in the House of Representatives this week, probably Wednesday the 23rd. The judiciary committee approved a provision to the bill that would exempt first time, non-violent drug offenders from mandatory minimum sentences. Please call your representative to ask him or her to support this "safety-valve" when it comes to the House floor, and let your rep know that among the bill's supporters were Republicans Hyde and McCollum, of Illinois and Florida, and Democrats Schumer and Hughes of New York and New Jersey. If you don't know how to reach your representative, you can find out from the Congressional Switchboard, at (202) 224-3121.

As mentioned in a previous DRCNet postings, one of the most draconian of all the Crime Bill's many provisions is "Three-Strikes-You're-Out" -- mandatory lifetime imprisonment without parole for three time felons, even non violent felonies like cocaine possession, and no matter how much time passes in between offenses. Tell your congressman to oppose the three-strikes legislation because it's fiscally reckless and morally indefensible.

Information on the proposed "safety-valve" was provided by Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), a grassroots organization working for sentencing reform and repeal of statutory mandatory minimum sentences in general. Membership in FAMM is free, though donations are requested to help with mailing costs. FAMMS's address and telephone number are:

You can also get weekly updates by calling the FAMM hotline, at (703) 685-6860.

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