“Did you know that Jersey is the worst state in the nation regarding racial disparities in the state’s prisons? How can you help NOW?”
A Call to action on A3677 Racial Impact Studies Legislation
Call office of Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto
1 Harmon Plaza
Secaucus, NJ 07094
CALL: Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto ask him to add A3677 to the board list for a vote Monday, January 8, 2018!
GOAL: Requires racial and ethnic impact statement for certain bills and regulations affecting sentencing.
DEADLINE: Monday, January 8, 2018
Racial Impact Statements: Changing Policy to Address Disparities
A report published by the Sentencing Project out of Washington D.C. shows that New Jersey is the worst state in the nation regarding racial disparities in the state’s prisons.
The bill passage will provide a new tool for lawmakers to evaluate potential disparities of proposed legislation prior to adoption and implementation. Practically speaking, it is important to address a policy’s unwarranted effects before it is adopted, as it is more difficult to reverse sentencing policies once they have been implemented.
Racial impact statements assist legislators in detecting unforeseen policy ramifications. Policymakers may then be able to modify legislation that would worsen existing racial disparities. Enacting New Jersey racial impact statement legislation will build on reforms authorized to address disparities in the criminal justice system.
What Can I Do to Help?
1. Contact Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and ask that he add bill A3677 to the board list for a vote.
2. Encourage Governor Christie to sign the bill call at 609-292-6000!
Spread the word to everyone in your network so we can continue to build the momentum!
Testimony of Rev. Charles F. Boyer, Pastor Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Woodbury, NJ “Coordinator of the Salvation and Social Justice Coalition Before the New Jersey Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee A.3677 (Asm. Wimberly) – Racial and Ethnic Impact Statements” (February 27, 2017).