We are currently calling on Governor Brown to bring fair and just sentencing to California. Please call into the Governor’s office at (916) 445-2841 and urge him to sign SB 1437 into law. He has until September 31st to sign and authorize this legislation.
- State your name.
- State where you’re from (town and zip code).
- Inform of the purpose of your call, i.e.
“I am calling to urge Governor Brown to vote to pass SB 1437”, “I am calling to express my support for SB 1437 and I hope that the Assemblymember will vote to pass this important bill.” [it is very important to refer to the bill by its number; this is the way staff track the calls.]
- This bill is important because it:
- “brings fairness to our criminal justice system”
- “amends California law to connect individual responsibility with criminal sentencing”
- “amends California law so that individuals are held responsible for their level of participation in a homicide”
- “reforms an antiquated practice that disproportionately affects youth, women, and people of color. According to a 2018 survey by the Anti-Recidivism Coalition and Restore Justice, 72% of women currently incarcerated in California with a life sentence did not commit the homicide.”
- “other jurisdictions around the country, such as Arkansas, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Hawaii, Michigan, and Ohio, have effectively narrowed the scope of the felony murder rule and limited the application of their murder statute. These states are a mix of Republican and Democratic-leaning jurisdictions.”