Sign-on Letter

Letter to the House and Senate Judiciary and Oversight Committees Requesting Hearings to Investigate the Drug Enforcement Administration

September 3, 2013

This letter calls on the House and Senate Judiciary and Oversight Committees in Congress to hold broad hearings to investigate the DEA and hold it accountable for its actions.  

Letter to Rep. Wolf Requesting Support for Review of the Federal and State Correctional Systems

July 22, 2013

A sign-on letter to House appropriators supporting the creation of a task force to review the rapidly growing federal correctional system.

Letter to Senator Leahy Requesting a Hearing on S. 619, the Justice Safety Valve Act

April 24, 2013

A sign-on letter to Senator Leahy requesting a hearing on S. 619, the Justice Safety Valve Act.

Letter to President Obama from Superstar Coalition re: Mass Incarceration and Drug Policy Reform

April 9, 2013

A coalition of over 175 artists, actors, athletes, elected officials and advocates, brought together by hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons and Dr. Boyce Watkins, presented an open letter to President Obama urging him to tackle mass incarceration and drug policy reform.

Sentencing and Criminal Justice Reform Organizations Oppose Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Provisions in the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013

February 4, 2013

Advocates who oppose mandatory minimum sentences for any offenses have been working with Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to oppose expected amendments that would add such sentences to the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act.  The Drug Policy Alliance was asked to join this sign-on letter requesting that no mandatory minimum penalties be included in the bill.  While DPA typically does not sign letters that are not concerned primarily with drug policy, in this case our signing reflects both our general opposition to mandatory minimum sentencing, which undermines judicial discret

Letter to Attorney General re: Prioritization of Bureau of Prisons Programs that Reduce Long-Term Costs

December 13, 2012

With just a few weeks until deep automatic spending cuts under the Budget Control Act of 2011 are due to take effect, our diverse organizations are concerned that important Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) programs may be threatened. Should funding be reduced, we would urge you to prioritize investment in programs that reduce long-term federal prison costs rather than counterproductive steps to expand federal prison capacity or contract new private prison beds.

Letter to CAT Secretariat re: torture and other ill-treatment against people who use drugs in Russia

November 19, 2012

On behalf of the community of international civil society organizations working in the area of human rights and drug policy, we would like to draw your attention to the importance of the issue of torture and other ill-treatment of people who use drugs.

Letter to the FCC Urging Cap on Exorbitant Prison Phone Rates

October 24, 2012

We, the undersigned organizations, are contacting you in reference to CC Docket No. 96-128, commonly known as the “Wright Petition,” to urge the FCC to take remedial action with respect to inflated prison phone rates that serve to enrich prison phone companies and the government agencies with which they contract, to the detriment of consumers.

HHS Sign-on Letter regarding Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention

October 2, 2012

The undersigned national organizations are writing to voice our strong support for two recent important actions the Congress has taken, with respect to helping to prevent and reduce overdose fatalities from prescription drugs. First, the Senate Appropriations Committee included overdose prevention language in its FY 2013 Senate Labor-Health and Human Services-Education (LHHS) Appropriations report.

Letter to House Appropriators Opposing Spending for New Prison Construction, Urges More Funding for Drug Treatment

September 10, 2012

Our diverse organizations are concerned that Congress may soon consider a Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government into Fiscal Year 2013 at a level that increases funding for the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). The BOP currently operates at a staggering 140% capacity, but new money to add federal prison beds is a misguided solution. The undersigned groups strongly oppose the appropriation of any new funds for the expansion of federal prison capacity or contracting new private prison beds.

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