Stephanie on - "Congress Must Stand Up for Fairness in Sentencing"

An editorial by Stephanie Jones and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law President Barbara Arnwine is featured on In it, Stephanie and Barbara discuss Attorney General Eric Holder’s recent announcement on mandatory minimums and Judge Scheindlin’s stop and frisk ruling and urges Congress to pass the Smart Sentencing Act of 2013:

“Some of the most important turning points in the struggle for justice have occurred when individuals in our three branches of government courageously did the right thing by standing up against injustice.

“For example, in the 1960s, Attorney General Robert Kennedy marshaled the power of the federal government to protect protesters at pivotal moments in the civil rights movement. Rep. Charles “Mac” Mathias, a Maryland Republican, bucked his party and reached across the aisle to help draft the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Alabama Federal District Court Judge Frank Johnson and the judges of the old Fifth Circuit helped to end legal segregation and enforce voting rights in the South despite much resistance.

“Last week, in the midst of our preparations for the 50th anniversary commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington, the civil rights community was heartened to see two modern-day versions of this kind of courage and commitment to justice. Attorney General Eric Holder and Federal District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin landed a one-two blow against mandatory minimums and “stop and frisk” racial profiling.”

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