Citizens United to Change and Repeal 924(c) "Stacking Statute"

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Congressman Bobby Scott has submitted Criminal Justice Reform Bill H.R. 1254, ?The Recidivism Clarification Act of 2015?. This bill would save taxpayers roughly $6 Billion dollars by reducing the time in prison for approximately 3,000 inmates who were sentenced to excessive time. Supporting this bill will restore lives, families and give those inmates a chance to be contributing productive citizens.

This bill would address the excessive, severe, and irrational mandatory consecutive penalties that are added onto exiting mandatory minimums, a practice commonly known as ?stacking?. The current ?stacking statute? has led to grossly disproportionate, irrational, and excessive sentences that often do not fit the crime charged and way above the recommended sentencing guidelines which were substantially less. This bill further clarifies that sentences can only be ?stacked? when the defendant is a ?true recidivist? ? meaning the defendant had a prior qualifying predicated conviction that had already been final.

We, Citizens United to Change and Repeal 924(c) ?Stacking Statute? strongly believe these relatively few inmates deserve to be re-evaluated and permitted to petition for relief for excessive sentences. The families of these men and women are hopeful that you, Congress, are truly sincere about wanting criminal justice reform that would facilitate ?Liberty and Justice for All?. Please recommend Bill H.R. 1254 be brought to the floor for a vote?..then APPROVE THIS BILL!

Let?s Get It Done?.
Public Comments
Sep 3rd, 2017
Katrina B. from Athens, GA writes:
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I would like to get involved with this movement because my son is affected by this change. He was sentenced to 27 years for robbery and he's a first time offender. This should not be, he along with others deserve a second change without such a harsh punishment. We have people that have committed more harsh crimes such as murder, molestation, etc and there punishment is not this harsh. So I'm asking that our politicians, judges, and other law enforcement take another long and hard look at this and help these young men and women get a second change at life. Throwing away their second chance and keeping them locked up is not the answer. I don't wanna die while my son is in prison. They all deserve another chance. Second Chances.
Aug 26th, 2017
Tamika H. from Chicago, IL signed.
May 27th, 2017
Mal B. from Camden, NJ signed.
May 27th, 2017
Mal B. from Camden, NJ signed.
Apr 3rd, 2017
Someone from Lewisville, TX writes:
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This stacking bill has destroyed the lives of so many people. It is in my opinion unconstitutional. It a form of cruel and unusual punishment. It goes against the fabric of the Declaration of Independence - i.e. life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The inmates suffer long unnecessary incarceration and their families suffer disruption and hardship daily. Reform of this bill is long overdue. I submit a plea to approve Criminal Justice Reform Bill, HR 1254.
Mar 16th, 2017
Elsie H. from Philadelphia, PA writes:
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My friend was incarcerated for possession of 11 pounds of MARIJUANA and possession of a REGISTERED GUN. He was sentenced 6 years but because of the stacking law he got charged twice for the gun possession, which carries an automatic 30 years add to his time. There is no way that this can be a legal sentence when so much worse crimes are committed and get far less time. He has been a model inmate for about 20 years now. He has worked and gone to classes and craft classes. He has exhausted all money over the years paying lawyers to help him get released at no prevail. People who commit murder get out before him. HOW???? The stacking law is unconstitutional. How can you be charged for the same crime twice at the same trail???? He needs to be let go. PLEASE CHANGE & REPEALTHE BILL 924c. PLEASE RECOMMEND BILL 1264 BE BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE!!! APPROVE THIS BILL, PLEASE!!!!!!!!
Mar 2nd, 2017
Someone from Pawtucket, RI signed.
Feb 20th, 2017
Someone from Glenmora, LA signed.
Jan 28th, 2017
Kimberly K. from Ypsilanti, MI writes:
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My Husband is awaiting his trial. With serious mental illness and the 924c stacking means he will never get the help that he needs and deserves. This law says to me that we have not evolved. It is easier to lock up what society considers "lower life" and the "insane" and it is easier to disregard these human lives. These people all have mothers, wives, children and sometimes its bad choices. Sometimes, its because society failed. Lawmakers fail. No one was hurt in his case and what good is it to sentence someone so long? what can an old man do to society? what can a terminally ill person do to society? 924c is not the answer. Every case should be looked at individually, every case should consider the deeper issues. Stop 924c
Dec 12th, 2016
Someone from Birmingham, AL signed.
Dec 12th, 2016
Someone from Birmingham, AL signed.
Nov 15th, 2016
Someone from New York, NY writes:
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My brother has been in the federal correctional facility for 15 years Inshallah gun charge and I feel that he has served his time. No one was hurt or harmed and he has missed his children grow up. This was a first time offense and in Texas they throw the book at you ... Please remove this and send him home!!!
Nov 9th, 2016
John B. from Las Vegas, NV signed.
Oct 22nd, 2016
Christina R. from Boyertown, PA signed.
Oct 21st, 2016
Cameron M. from Saint Louis, MO writes:
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924c has taken my sons father away and he really needs a single mother with 2 sons unfortunately.
Oct 5th, 2016
Michelle W. from Bala cynwyd, PA signed.
Sep 23rd, 2016
Someone from Neoga, IL signed.
Sep 21st, 2016
Someone from Philadelphia, PA writes:
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I have a loved one sentenced under the 924c "stacking law". He's a wonderful grandson, brother, son, and friend. We need him as much as he need us. Please help us.
Sep 21st, 2016
Someone from Philadelphia, PA writes:
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I have a loved one sentenced under the 924c "stacking law". He's a wonderful grandson, brother, son, and friend. We need him as much as he need us. Please help us.
Aug 29th, 2016
Someone from Fort Washington, MD signed.
Aug 1st, 2016
Someone from Fort Worth, TX writes:
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We need help out here , we are losing fathers brothers husbands,uncle etc due to this :STACKING SENTENCES PLEASE HELP US
Jul 17th, 2016
Someone from Philadelphia, PA signed.
Jul 7th, 2016
Someone from Holland, MI signed.
Jun 25th, 2016
Someone from Louisville, KY signed.
Jun 25th, 2016
Someone from Louisville, KY signed.
Jun 25th, 2016
Someone from Lexington, KY signed.
Jun 24th, 2016
Someone from Saugerties, NY signed.
Jun 14th, 2016
Someone from Broken Arrow, OK writes:
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My son Rudy Coyazo is now a grandfather to two children he has not held and makes his incarceration that much more painful. He yearns to hug his daughter and meet her husband and hold his grandchildren. Please please reconsider that a person has served his time at 20 years. I ask you and his two sister, nephews, nieces, and his daughter that he hasn't seen for 24 years plead with you. His daughter and our family were reunited 10 years ago and this alone would change my son's life for a new beginning. Please help me and my son as I don't know what to do as I feel Tulsa prosecutor will not do anything to help.
May 28th, 2016
Someone from Jeffersonville, IN writes:
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My daughter has been sentenced under the 924c stacking law.She is now 32 and will not be released until 2034 under these guide lines.She is a first time offender her life will never be repaired over this,she will never be able to work and support herself when she is released
May 18th, 2016
Someone from Louisville, KY signed.
May 17th, 2016
Someone from Louisville, KY signed.
May 16th, 2016
Someone from Miami, FL signed.
May 13th, 2016
Someone from Los Angeles, CA signed.
Apr 22nd, 2016
Someone from Abilene, TX writes:
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Please change this. There are too many people serving too long of sentences due to this.
Apr 12th, 2016
Someone from North Hollywood, CA signed.
Apr 1st, 2016
Someone from Cranston, RI signed.
Mar 17th, 2016
Someone from Grand Prairie, TX signed.
Mar 16th, 2016
Someone from Ashland, KY writes:
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Too many people in the United States are serving unrealistic sentences for the crime committed. We also can't forget that not only does this punish the person (which is the intent of jailing someone) but their family, especially the children, as well. We should not be throwing people behind bars for anything and everything we deem as "wrong". We cannot ruin families for menial purposes.
Mar 15th, 2016
Someone from Albuquerque, NM signed.
Mar 12th, 2016
Someone from Hobe Sound, FL writes:
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My nephew Michael was a first time offender who was sentenced to over 182 years for a crime where no one was injured and no shots were fired. He has been incarcerated since 2008 when he was 19 years old. There are plenty more people who have been sentenced according to these draconian laws and this is unjust.
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