Sign-on Letter

Nationwide Coalition Calls on Department of Justice to Denounce Enhanced Sentence for Pregnant Woman

October 7, 2014

A coalition of 48 reproductive justice, drug policy reform, women's rights and civil liberties organizations sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to renounce enhanced criminal penalties for women on the basis of pregnancy. The letter was co-signed by organizations in ten states and the District of Columbia.

80 Organizaciones hacen un llamado para terminar con la guerra contra las drogas y proteger a la niñez

July 31, 2014

Esta carta firmada por organizaciones de derechos civiles, inmigración, justicia criminal, justicia racial, derechos humanos, y religiosas; exige un fin a la guerra contra las drogas en el nombre de proteger a los niños en América Latina y en los Estados Unidos.

80 Organizations Call for an End to the Drug War in Order to Protect Children

July 31, 2014

This letter, signed by civil rights, immigration, criminal justice, racial justice, human rights, libertarian and religious organizations, calls for an end to the war on drugs in the name of protecting children both in Latin America and the United States.

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.

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