Actions of Immediate Witness for our people struggling with the criminal justice system: Strengthening the interdependent web of which we are ALL a part

Three bills on the UUANI/UUPMI legislative watch for racial justice which just passed the House are being considered by the Senate committee for Criminal Law this Wednesday, May 1, at 5 pm. That's tomorrow! Register a witness slip to help move the bills out of committee with a DO PASS recommendation.

HB2045 (Ammons/Sims) eliminates the $5 copay for medical or dental services in prison. Register a witness slip HERE.

HB2444 (Cassidy/Collins), The Best Interest of the Child Act, addresses the needs of arrested parents facing pre-trial detention: “at the initial bail hearing or any subsequent hearing, the defendant shall be released on recognizance if the judge finds that the defendant’s pre-trial detention will harm any infant or child in the defendant’s custody at the time of arrest,” unless defendant’s release will harm the community. This includes a defendant who is responsible for the care of an elderly parent. Register a witness slip HERE.

HB1587 (Harper/Sims) Reducing length of sentences allows judges to choose not to levy mandatory minimum sentences against offenders in some areas of crime, such as drug possession and retail theft. A beginning to change harsh mandatory minimums. Register a witness slip HERE.

Instructions for creating a witness slip:

Section 1: Fill in your ID info, under “business,” you may cite UUANI or “self” — or UUPMI

For title, we suggest "supporter"

Section 2: “self” or UUANI

Section 3: tick “proponent”

Section 4: Check “Record of appearance”

Bottom left, agree to the ILGA terms of agreement

Bottom right, tick “Create slip.” You’re done!

You might want to create an account with ILGA that will allow you to automatically fill in your info when you register a witness slip. Here’s the LINK to do that.

Thank you! Together we can!

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