WE GOT US NOW SUPPORTS CHILDREN & FAMILY OF AGING INCARCERATED PARENTS

U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), introduced an ambitious bill that pioneers a groundbreaking approach to our justice system by giving a “second look” to those behind bars.

Studies show that people age out of Criminality, particularly by their late 30s and 40s.

The  Second Look Act inspired by Matthew Charles and William Underwood would create a rebuttable presumption of release for petitioners who are 50 years of age or older and have been incarcerated for 10 years or more, meaning the burden shifts to the government to demonstrate why the petitioner should remain behind bars. Despite the fact that recidivism rates are significantly lower for people released from prison who are 50 and older, roughly 250,000 individuals aged 50 and above remain behind bars, costing taxpayers about $16 billion annually.

SIGN THE PETITION to SUPPORT THE SECOND LOOK ACT

 
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HOW CAN YOU HELP?


  1. SIGN IN SUPPORT OF THE SECOND LOOK ACT

2. CONTACT YOUR STATE SENATOR TO SUPPORT THE SECOND LOOK ACT

3. REPOST & SHARE TO SUPPORT THE SECOND LOOK ACT + THE FAMILIES

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“The Second Look bill will give incarcerated individuals who have served decades in prison the long overdue prospect of freedom. We are extremely grateful to Senator Booker for proposing the Second Look Act, as it gives a second opportunity to not only the incarcerated individual, but provides a second opportunity for their children and families to restore, repair, and renew those broken bonds that have been severely severed by such harsh, cruel, and unusual punishment, such as life without parole,”
— Ebony Underwood - Founder / CEO of We Got Us Now, Daughter of William Underwood
 

WHAT WILL THE SECOND LOOK ACT DO?

THE SECOND LOOK ACT WOULD:

  • Enable individuals sentenced to more than 10 years imprisonment and who have served at least 10 years to petition a court to be released.

  • Create a rebuttable presumption of release for petitioners who are 50 years of age or older on the date of the petition.

  • Establish factors for courts to consider, including whether they demonstrate a readiness for reentry and are not a danger to the safety of any person or the community.

  • Mandate the United States Sentencing Commission issue an annual public report detailing the effect of the provision, including the racial impact.