is currently in the process of building a statewide network of people who are
concerned about the issue of people serving harsh sentences, some who have no
chance for release. We need people who
are willing to take action to change policies/practices to create a less
expensive criminal justice system that still protects public safety, but in a
reasonable and cost effective way.
Some of the targets of AOJ include:
- Educate the public
and policymakers of the human and financial
impact of warehousing inmates with unreasonably long sentences.
for revision in policy that will allow the Parole Board to change the terms of
confinement for persons serving life, life without parole or other long
term sentences (i.e.
70% rule, etc)
- Examine cases to see
whether sentences were applied fairly and whether policies should be changed to
determine if a life sentence is warranted.
- Encourage the
Governor to use his power of clemency where appropriate.
- Work with other individuals and advocacy
groups to reform our state’s criminal justice.