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.
HB2658-This bill will prevent youth from juvenile records for mere unruly/status offenses (offenses that are only offenses because of the youths age, like truancy) that could hurt youth school and employment prospects.  This bill sponsored by Rep Karen Camper is with the Civil Justice Subcommittee.
HB2651–This bill establishes a commission on the school-to-prison pipeline and restorative practices. This is a good one, and needed, also filed by Rep. Karen Camper. It is currently with the Education Administration & Planning Subcommittee and Senate Government Operations Committee.
HB0890–This bill authorizes the TN Board of Claims to hear claims for compensation by persons whose convictions are vacated based on DNA evidence if they have served at least 25 years. Republican sponsored by Rep Williams, currently with the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Written by demefrank

mother, womanist, law prof, prison abolitionist. Demetria does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from the viewpoints expressed in this article or post.

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