1. Update
  2. Criminal Justice

Send Sentencing Reform to the President's Desk

By Amelia Kegan, April 1, 2016

A few months ago, it seemed sentencing reform was on life support. There just wasn't enough time before the election to move any legislation forward — let alone a bill that would start to reverse the failed 40-year "war on drugs."

Then, something incredible happened. You spoke up. Hundreds of you shared your stories of why sentencing reform matters with your members of Congress. Young adults came to Washington to advocate for sentencing reform with FCNL. And thousands upon thousands of you wrote, called, and emailed Congress asking for a more just criminal justice system.

You have helped turn the tides for this legislation. I can tell by the conversations on Capitol Hill. But we’re not there yet – and the window to change sentencing laws this year is closing fast.

The changes these bills would make to our criminal justice system won’t fix all its problems. But passing these bills positions us to move further reform. Moreover, thousands—potentially tens of thousands—of lives would benefit, and that doesn’t count their families, friends, congregations, communities.

Congress can get this done right now. This is no time to pull back. Let’s see this through to legislative victory.

Amelia Kegan

  • Legislative Director, Domestic Policy

Amelia Kegan leads the domestic policy team's work in analyzing legislation, advocating on Capitol Hill, and developing legislative strategy. Prior to coming to FCNL, Amelia worked at a variety of other national non-profits in D.C. and Chicago, focusing on federal budget, tax, and low-income policy.