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Friday, December 24, 2004

Martha Stewart's Holiday Message: Sentencing Reform

MarthaMartha Stewart has posted a Holiday message on her website advocating sentencing reform for non-violent first-time women offenders.  In her post, Stewart writes: 

"I beseech you all to think about these women -- to encourage the American people to ask for reforms, both in sentencing guidelines, in length of incarceration for nonviolent first-time offenders, and for those involved in drug-taking. They would be much better served in a true rehabilitation center than in prison where there is no real help, no real programs to rehabilitate, no programs to educate, no way to be prepared for life "out there" where each person will ultimately find herself, many with no skills and no preparation for living."  [Mark Godsey]

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The fact is Martha Stewart can really make a difference in this area should she decide to stick with this and not turn away from it after her time is up. I hope that someone at NACDL or NYSACDL gets to her attorney and convinces her to help lead a crusade against mandatory minimums and the federal sentencing guidelines. Martha has a constituency that votes and is powerful. It has money to spend. She can make a difference. Hopefully someone will get to her and help her make a big impact.

Posted by: Anthony J. Colleluori | Dec 27, 2004 1:27:25 AM

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