Although Part 1 of our Digital Campaign is over, there are a number of bills you can support until our next campaign beginning on 2/12/18. In the meantime, give your legislators a call about one of the bills below you feel most strongly about!
For tips and training on how to contact your legislators, see the following link. Find your legislators here.
A few notable pending bills you might want to support:
HB2468-We wish this bill sponsored by Rep. DeBerry was more robust, but it is a start to accountability in private prisons. Showing your support of it with your legislators will send a message about prison for profit. This bill is currently with the Senate State and Local Government Committee and the House State Government Subcommittee.
HB2676 -This one pretty much does the same thing as HB2468 and would establish standards for private prisons–might as well express your support for both! The key is to emphasize your disapproval of private prisons generally and the lack of accountability standards in private facilities. This bill is currently with the Senate State and Local Government Committee and the House State Government Subcommittee.
HB2496–It is pretty ridiculous that in 2018 a bill is necessary that would prohibit chain gangs in prisons (i.e., “prohibit restraining any inmate engaged in work within or outside of a prison, jail, or workhouse facility in a manner that joins the inmate with one or more other inmates.”). But it was filed by Rep. Towns (Memphis) last week…and it seems to make sense…support it.