April 2014 Update
Happy Easter Everybody,
This is the time of year for new beginnings and we are encouraged that this will happen within our criminal justice system. Hopefully we will see some “positive change” that will benefit everybody throughout the system and make it better for all involved.
You guys are doing an amazing job of getting the surveys passed out and sent back. Here is the update of what we have so far.
Beds Surveys Beds Surveys Beds Surveys
- Gt. Falls 150 17 MSP 1457 212 Shelby 537 42
- Glendive 141 29 MWP 194 28
We will continue to take surveys up until the L&J committee meeting on April 28th, so please make sure I have them no later than Saturday the 26th. It is so important that your voices be heard by the committee and this is the only way to do that other than writing your own letters and sending them in which a lot of you have already done. Remember anybody that has ever seen the board can do a survey, and everybody that does do one will get the updates every month and the newsletters for the rest of this year FREE.
Another sober living house is going to open in Helena with eight beds available so if you need housing and are getting released soon let me know and I will send you the app for housing. So now there are two houses in Bozeman and two in Helena. The Bozeman houses are extremely hard to get into and both have waiting lists that are long so you might want to consider Helena at least until you get settled enough to move on.
The supervision fee forms will continue to be handed out as long as we keep getting people who want to be part of the class action going on. I have no new news yet but the forms I did have were handed over and things are rolling. So again there are two cases going on, one for paying the fees and one for being threatened, jailed, revoked etc.
I am happy to see so many signing on to be Advisory Board members. I hope that keeps happening we can never have enough of you spreading the word. I would like to hear from you about what is going on in each facility so we can keep on top of things. A lot of you have been doing that lately and I thank you for that it helps a lot.
I have already started the Spring issue of the newsletter and it is not to late for you to send in your articles, poems, legal news or whatever else you would like to submit. Try to keep it to one or two type written pages or it won’t fit. I can only have 12 pages or I have to put 2 stamps on each one and that is way to spendy.
I am attaching an ALERT for the Smarter Sentencing Act that will help lower federal drug sentencing laws and give more power to the judges within the federal system. I hope you will pass this on to everybody you know especially family and friends. Voices have to be heard to pass or change laws whether it’s state or federal. Nothing Changes If Nothing Changes.
In closing I want you all to know that you are in our prayers daily and that we truly do appreciate all that you do to support and encourage us. Your letters mean so much to me and it is a blessing to hear from each and every one of you. Thank you for your kind words, prayers and thoughtfulness. I wish the Judge and others could see the side of you that I see and hear in your letters. Many blessings to all of you.
Because of JESUS,
Connections Box 4142 Bozeman, MT 59772
Action Time in Congress: No Sentencing Reform Without You!
For the next two weeks, your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives will be in their home states – close to you – and we want you to get a message to them: now is the time to pass the Smarter Sentencing Act! If passed, this bill would reduce federal mandatory minimum drug sentences by half, make the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 retroactively applicable to 8,800 federal prisoners, and give federal judges more flexibility to create fair drug sentences.
Find out who your Congressman are and contact them and ask them to support the Smarter Sentencing Act by:
- Cosponsoring the bill
- Voting “yes” on the bill when it comes up for a vote
- Opposing efforts to add harmful provisions to the bill when it comes up for a vote.
Here’s what we need you to do between April 14 and April 25:
- Go to the Representative’s website and look for the contact information for the district offices.
- Go to each Senator’s website and look for the contact information for the district offices.
- Pick who you plan to visit.
- Call the district office closest to you and set up a meeting.
- Go visit them – use this script to help you through the meeting.
- Repeat this process with all your members of Congress, if you can.
- E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell me what your member of Congress said!
Meetings are always better, but if you just can’t meet with your members of Congress in person, call their district offices closest to you before April 25, and ask them to support the Smarter Sentencing Act. Here’s a script you can use for these phone calls:
My name is [your name], and I live in [your hometown]. I’m calling to express my support for the Smarter Sentencing Act. This bipartisan bill will save billions of dollars, make us safer, reduce federal prison costs, and ensure that nonviolent drug offenders get reasonable punishments. I ask that you cosponsor the Smarter Sentencing Act and vote yes on the bill when it comes up for a vote. Thank you for considering my views.
We’ve come so far this year, but members of Congress will never pass federal mandatory minimum sentencing reforms if they think people like you don’t support them. Your voice matters! This year could be the year for federal sentencing reform – but only if you speak up!
Thank you for all you do to support Connections – and all that you will do in the next two weeks!