Press Release

TOMORROW: Advocates Rally Against Attorney General's Order Escalating the War on Drugs

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<p>Morgan McLeod, 574-532-1816<br />
<a href="mailto:mmcleod@sentencingproject.org">mmcleod@sentencingproject.org</a></p>

WASHINGTON, DC - Attorney General Sessions’ decision to escalate the war on drugs by returning to harsh sentencing for low-level drug law violations will once again fill our federal prisons with people serving excessive sentences. Decades of research have demonstrated that these regressive policies have little impact on public safety, waste billions of taxpayer dollars, and disproportionately hurt communities of color.

Justice advocates and community activists will rally to demand Sessions retract his order and support fair and effective criminal justice reforms.

What:  Rally to stop Attorney General Sessions’ move to stiffen federal prosecutions
When:  Tuesday, May 16 at 12 p.m. ET
Where:  U.S. Department of Justice—950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Who:  Justice Roundtable advocates with special guest presenters:

  • Sakira Cook, The Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights
  • Rev. Jimmie R. Hawkins,  Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
  • Marc Mauer, The Sentencing Project
  • Jesselyn McCurdy, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Evans Ray, Impacted individual
  • Nkechi Taifa, Justice Roundtable
  • Jasmine Tyler, Open Society Policy Center