Petition for Relief from
Drug War Injustice
We, the undersigned, support November Coalition's
demand for relief from the injustice of the drug war. For over
thirty years this unjust war has waged relentlessly, but today
an overwhelming number of citizens believe the war on drugs has
failed. Despite growing, nationwide dissent, the federal prison
system continues to overly confine nonviolent drug law violators
above all other category of prisoners, men and women with no
hope of early release until they have served at least 85 percent
of their sentence. There is no parole in the federal prison system.
Experimental Guideline Sentencing has proven
expensive, ineffective and unjust. We, the undersigned, believe
it is immoral to over-punish; illogical to waste tax dollars
on imprisonment, a proven failure in addressing the social problems
of use, abuse and addiction of illegal drugs. We insist it is
dangerous for government to systematically promote mistrust in
our communities by using informants and betrayal to secure convictions.
We believe that trust is a necessary component in the delicate
weave of our social life.
As state leaders across the country address
this injustice by moving to reduce drug sentences, release drug
war and other nonviolent prisoners, we support federal leaders
acting in the same manner. Of them we demand significant increase
of "good time" eligibility that would reduce prison
overcrowding, the construction of costly new facilities, and
serve the twin goals of providing an incentive for exemplary
behavior in prison, while deterring violence and illegal drug
We, the undersigned, support dramatic increases
in early-release, "good-time" eligibility for drug
and other nonviolent prisoners in federal custody --believing
in a better, safer world -- not one that is simply less free.
If you cannot print out a petition, call us
at (509) 684-1550 and we will mail you one, or email your mailing
firstname.lastname@example.org, in the subject line write: Petition Please
Other things that you can do:
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- Ask others to help gather signatures of support
for significant increase in "good time" eligibility.
- Attend community events and set up a table
where you can lay out Relief Petitions, or put copies on a clipboard
and walk around getting signatures.
- Call your local public radio and offer to
do an interview. Share a summary of the Relief Petition's request
with listeners, ask them to visit www.november.org and sign on
as a supporter of early release.
- Call a community meeting and explain to those
who attend what the Petition for Relief from Drug War Injustice
is, and how they can help. Meeting tips can be found at www.november.org
or write and request a copy of you do not have internet access.
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