Letter from the DPA


Today, a bipartisan group of Senators announced a historic deal on criminal justice reform to roll back our draconian federal mandatory minimum drug laws. 

Help us make history and tell your Senators to cosponsor the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act right now.

I spent 12 years behind bars because of mandatory minimum sentences in New York, and I’ve been fighting to end them since my release in 1996. I’m proud to say DPA worked with members of Congress to reach this week’s historic deal. And it’s the advocacy of people like you that made it possible.

The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act will reduce federal mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses, allow judges to sentence people below mandatory minimums in certain cases, and expand re-entry and early release programs.

It’s a great step in the right direction. But we must remember that it is just a step. It only affects federal law, not state law, and it doesn’t end mandatory minimums entirely. 

But it’s still a historic deal. Leaders from across the political spectrum are finally recognizing that the war on drugs has failed and that harsh sentencing laws have had disastrous consequences on our communities.

We need your help to ensure Congress acts. Please write to your Senators today.

The United States imprisons more people than any other nation in the world. Now is our chance to fix it. 


Tony Papa
Manager of Media Relations
Drug Policy Alliance