Spring Lobby Weekend 2016: End Mass Incarceration

End Mass Incarceration

At Spring Lobby Weekend 2016, hundreds of students, recent grads, and young adults will come to Washington, DC. We'll urge Congress to take steps toward ending mass incarceration.

The U.S. is the world's leader in incarceration with 2.2 million people in the nation's prisons or jails -- 5 times as many as there were 30 years ago. Most of this increase is due to changes in state and federal laws, not increases in crime. Excessively long and mandatory minimum sentences are a major reason so many people are behind bars in the U.S. today.

In 2016, your advocacy can help end mass incarceration. Join us in Washington, DC to advocate for common-sense legislation to begin to repair our country's broken criminal justice system.

Tentative Program

Saturday, March 12

  • Welcome
  • Background
  • What's already happening

Sunday, March 13

  • Understanding U.S. incarceration policy
  • Finding opportunities in this Congress

Monday, March 14

  • Congressional staff panel
  • Continuing this work in your community

Tuesday, March 15

  • Lobby day!
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