We count on you to educate your family, friends, and community about the injustices of mandatory sentencing laws. There are many ways to do this, from informal conversations at the dinner table to organizing community events to help spread the word. Here are a few ideas:
- Write a letter to the editor of your local paper. Here are some suggestions and a few examples.
- Host a movie night. Watch Incarcerating U.S., Snitch, The House I Live In, American Violet or ESPN Films’ “30 for 30: Without Bias” and discuss as a group afterward.
- Host a book group. Read The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander, Locking Up Our Own, by James Forman, Jr., Orange is the New Black, by Piper Kerman, or In Defense of Flogging, by Peter Moskos and discuss as a group afterward.
- Distribute information about mandatory minimum sentencing laws at a local community event. Here is a flyer explaining the basics of mandatory sentencing laws to get you started.
- Host a screening of “The Sentence”. Here is a Toolkit on how to get it done.