Support Second Look Legislation
Stephanie Chang - Detroit 517.373.7346 email@example.comSue Shink - Northfield Twp 517.373.2426 firstname.lastname@example.org Jim Runestad - Whitelake 517.373.1758 email@example.com Winnie Brinks - Grand Rapids 517.373.1801 firstname.lastname@example.org Paul Wonjo - Warren 517.373.8360 email@example.com Jeff Irwin - Ann Arbor/Yspi 517.373.2406 firstname.lastname@example.org Sylvia Santana - Detroit 517.373.0990 email@example.com Ruth Johnson- Groveland Twp 517.373.1636 firstname.lastname@example.org
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HERE IS AN EXAMPLE LETTER TO HELP YOU WRITE YOUR STATE SENATOR ASKING THEM TO SUPPORT SECOND LOOK SENTENCING LEGISLATION IN MICHIGAN.
[YOUR FIRST & LAST NAME][YOUR STREET ADDRESS OR P.O. BOX NUMBER][YOUR CITY, STATE, AND ZIP CODE][DATE] The Honorable [YOUR STATE SENATOR'S FULL NAME]State SenatorState CapitolP.O. Box 30014Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Dear Senator [YOUR STATE SENATOR'S LAST NAME]: As your constituent and as a registered voter [STATE THIS WHETHER YOU VOTED FOR THIS STATE SENATOR OR NOT, THEY LISTEN MORE TO ACTUAL VOTERS], I'm asking you to support Second Look Sentencing Legislation [INSERT "Senate Bill No. ______" WHEN AVAILABLE] in Michigan. Senator Stephanie Chang is sponsoring this Legislation. Second Look Sentencing is smart, evidence-based criminal justice reform. It does not open a floodgate releasing violent offenders allowing them to escape punishment for their crimes. It allows the trial and sentencing judge to review a prisoner's sentence after serving years in prison to determine whether the prisoner is still a threat to society. It then allows the judge to determine whether a reduction in sentence has been earned and is warranted. This may be demonstrated by the prisoner's rehabilitation, education, conduct in prison, and health. Second Look Sentencing also allows a trial and sentencing judge to keep a prisoner in prison if they are still a threat to society. This may also be determined by their lack of rehabilitation and their continued misbehavior in prison. Michigan incarcerates men and women longer than any other state in the Great Lakes region. Keeping people in prison longer does not result in greater public safety. It is time for Michigan to rethink its antiquated lock'em-up-and-throw-away-the-key approach to crime and punishment by implementing smart, evidence-based reforms, which several other states in our country have already adopted, without compromising public safety. Most prisoners serving life without the possibility of parole (LWOP), life with parole, or long-indeterminate sentences were under the age 26 and were first-time offenders when they committed their crimes. How can anyone make the determination these teenagers, late adolescents, or emerging adults are irredeemable and should die in prison? Fortunately, new brain development science contradicts this predisposed determination of young offenders. Extremely low recidivism rates of recently released juvenile offenders, who were once sentenced to LWOP, is evidence that lifers who serve over 20 years in prison are the safest category of prisoners to release. Michigan spends approximately 2.3 billion annually on keeping people in prison. We can increase public safety by investing in our schools, vocational training, and colleges instead of prisons. In order to do this, Michigan implement smart, evidence-based criminal justice reform, and Second Look Sentencing is just that. I would like to speak to you in person regarding Second Look Sentencing. What are your office hours that you meet with your constituents? I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you. Sincerely,[YOUR FULL NAME][YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER][YOUR EMAIL]