This Fourth of July, Every Day of Freedom Counts

Post Date: June 27, 2013

This week we celebrate Independence Day, but the United States remains the world’s biggest jailer. We hate that irony, and changing it is what keeps us working hard here in hot, humid Washington, D.C. all summer long. 

Wherever you’re celebrating the Fourth of July this year, we need your help.  We’re supporting the Justice Safety Valve Act, H.R. 1695, which was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressmen Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Thomas Massie (R-KY).  There are 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and many of them still don’t know about this bill and how it will make sentencing fairer and save taxpayers money. 

Fortunately, all 435 U.S. Representatives are visiting their home districts next week – and you can visit them! Please call your Representative’s district office today and arrange to visit them before July 6. At the meeting, share why fair sentencing matters to you, and ask them to support the Justice Safety Valve Act (bring along this fact sheet – it tells them everything they need to know about the bill).  

Click here to find out who your U.S. Representative is and to find their home office nearest you.  After your visit, email me at and let me know how it went! 

This Fourth of July, our hearts are with those who are in prison or have a loved one there. Our hearts are also with the future generations that haven’t been sentenced yet. We’re supporting the Justice Safety Valve Act – and you should, too – because every day of freedom counts. When judges have to give people even one more day of incarceration than is necessary, it’s just plain un-American. The Justice Safety Valve Act would mean that people get sentences that fit, and that’s why we’re supporting it. 

Can’t visit your Congressman next week? You can still help out. Click here to write to your U.S. Representative today and tell them to support the Justice Safety Valve Act.  

Every letter and every visit counts, so let’s rack ‘em up! 

Happy Independence Day, and thank you for your support! 



Molly M. Gill 
Government Affairs Counsel, FAMM