Serve 65% of time in prison instead of 85% for non-violent crimes

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Change the law for non-violent offenders to serve 65% of their time instead of 85%. Too much time is being giving to non-violent offenders. Most get more time than the person that killed, raped, molested, etc and it's not fair.. Fairness for everyone is all I'm seeking regardless of who you are. The law that's in effect now targets certain people.

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Public Comments (17,193)
Jun 12th, 2019
Sarah L. from Lumberton, NC writes:
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My son got 3 years for breaking in a coin machine he really a good person he just made a dumb decision and works and helps me yes please him
Jun 12th, 2019
Sarah L. from Lumberton, NC writes:
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My son got 3 years for breaking in a coin machine he really a good person he just made a dumb decision and works and helps me yes please him
Jun 8th, 2019
Someone from West Palm Beach, FL writes:
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100% agree with the 65% my friend is serving time for being inside someone house that had guns totally not fair that he was taking away from his family for something that wasn’t his fault change the law when is enough gonna be enough not everyone in prison is a bad person
Jun 5th, 2019
Someone from Dover, DE writes:
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Currently, the 65% law only applies to a very small percentage of those incarcerated in federal prisons. The vast majority of non-violent offenders are in state penitentiaries. Please expand legislation to include state penitentiaries.
Jun 5th, 2019
Someone from Camden Wyoming, DE writes:
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I do not condone criminal acts of any kind. However, in my friend's case, recidivism was due to his inability to financially support himself because of his lack of skills and resources. His criminal background prevented him from acquiring a second job. My friend is a doting father and hard worker - as his former employer wrote in a character reference letter to the court. His primary focus was his three school-aged kids. He was very present in their lives - financially and emotionally. After paying court-ordered child support (to include health insurance), his weekly net pay was $100 or less. Because there was not sufficient funds to order support for the third child, he paid $500+ out-of-pocket monthly. After working eight hours, he picked up his daughter every night and cared for her six days a week. Extra-curricular activities for his three children were his responsibility. He provided transportation and finances. Custodial parents used his love for his kids as a weapon (i.e., no additional money, no visitation.) He acquired a personal loan for his daughter's special education. Repayment of the loan was his responsibility alone. He is 53 years old and a diabetic. He was recently diagnosed with medical problems with his back and hips. When medical allows him, he works in the kitchen. I wholeheartedly support the 65% legislation for non-violent offenders. As I stated in a character reference letter to the judge, he is so much more than what is written in his docket. Letters were written to Senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker in support of the legislation and about my friend's case - although not acknowledged.
Jun 2nd, 2019
rick l. from New York, NY writes:
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May 30th, 2019
Christine B. from Phoenix, AZ writes:
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I agree with this 1000%. I agree people need punishment, but prison and jail are not the way to correct these actions. The name department of corrections is a blatany misleading lie. Felons remain felons because prison doesnt fix the problems these men and women deal with. For most of them who are repeat offenders prison is like going home.. Which is terribly sad. The only emotions they really learn in there are hate and anger. Getting out into this real world ends up being so difficult, they end up repeating what theyve learned over and over again in prison. But theres really no HELP for felons. People say there's jobs for them but ive personally watched my husband bust his tail repeatedly to get a job with no luck. Felons who run into this are forced into a corner when trying to provide for themselves or their family.. Which results in them reverting back to what they know, which is crime. As someone already stated people take pleas from fear of gettinf almost a quadrupled sentence if they lose at trial. Being in prison is like being treated like an animal. I know i have personally been locked up before, thankfully only in county.. Felons are people too. Give them an opportunity to step out of that life and have a chance at a real life. I think 65% is fair... Its not just the prisoners that suffer. Their loved ones suffer with them.
May 30th, 2019
Someone from Chicago, IL writes:
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My son is in prison and was given seven years by breaking up the situation where someone had a gun but because he had a felony back ground. he was given seven years in prison so I feel that is unfair and he asked to do 85% of that time which as I said he was put his hand on the weapon but it was to take it from someone so it’s just the one day I have the laws are
May 28th, 2019
Marsha M. from Waynesville, NC writes:
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Offer help for people's addicttions not more time behind bars when their not violet people their addicts give them the help needed so they can get better and back with their loved ones
May 24th, 2019
Someone from Thorofare, NJ writes:
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Once a plea has been taken it appears the entire sentence must be served. This is unfair as often the subject is urged to take a plea even if he wasn't guilty for fear he will get an even longer sentence if it goes to trial. I truly believe the 65% for all is fair.

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