We’re off to a great start with our work and getting ready to present our surveys to the Law and Justice committee. Here is an update as of today 1.4.14.
- Gt. Falls 150 13 MSP 1457 143 Shelby 537 32
- Glendive 141 24 MWP 194 15
So as you can see we still need to collect as many survey’s as we can if we are going to make an impact. Please remember the survey is YOUR VOICE being heard, there is no way we can possibly make the impact that you can. I am happy to send any of you as many survey’s as you need to spread around just let me know. I am attaching an article that was in the Legislative newsletter this week. I want you to see the progress we have made after 10 years of hard work. Committee members are finally taking a look at the issues so many of us have brought up. There is a real chance that all of us are going to see some “positive changes” in the 2015 session. We want to encourage you to join us and be part of something good, the injustices that all of you go through everyday do not go unnoticed and because you have stood up and brought to light what REALLY goes on in there people have come together to do the RIGHT thing for all of you and fix this broken system.
2013-YEAR IN REVIEW: FEDERAL SENTENCING REFORM 2013 was a breakthrough year for federal sentencing reform. We saw bipartisan sentencing reform bills introduced in both Houses of the U.S. Congress. We saw new Republican and Democratic Senators and Representatives join the fight for better sentencing policies. We saw new advocates, faith groups, prosecutors, conservatives, labor unions, and law enforcement groups add their voices to a growing demand for a smarter, fairer justice system. And it isn’t over yet — the 113th Congress lasts until December 2014, which means we have another year to work together to pass federal mandatory minimum sentencing reforms that will save money, keep the public safe, and ensure that the punishment fits the crime and the offender.
2013 was a busy year and 2014 promises to be the same. I plan to find somebody to update our website so we can continue to involve the families and friends of Montana prisoners and get them more involved. Your families and friends can contact us at any of the ways listed on our brochures or newsletters. The next newsletter is scheduled to go out the first week of February so if you have something you would like to send in get it to me in the next couple of weeks. I am working on some changes in the structure of the newsletter so if you have ideas to share I would love to hear them.
We still need Advisory Board members in all facilities to help us in 2014 so if you are interested let me know and I will get the application to you. Supervision Fee Forms are still being accepted as well so if you would like to join the class action I will send the app for that to you. We could also use some soldiers to get these surveys out and back to me as soon as possible. Most importantly we need prayer warriors to bless this ministry and to make sure we are doing GODs will and not our own agenda. Lastly I want to thank all of you that have done our survey already and who are helping us get the word out about our work and what’s going on. You are much appreciated. Thank you for the Christmas cards, prayers and support throughout the years you are a blessing to us on every level. We wish you many blessings in 2014 and want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers always.
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