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AIMI Promotes HR3543 - Justice Is Not for Sale Act
The H.R.3543 - "Justice Is Not For Sale Act" was introduced in U.S. Congress in September 2015 by Senator Bernie Sanders and other representatives. CommonDreams reports that the bill proposes to 
  • Bar federal, state, and local governments from contracting with private companies starting two years after the bill is passed;
  • Reinstate the federal parole system to allow "individualized, risk-based determinations regarding each prisoner and restore fairness in the system;"
  • Increase oversight to prevent companies from overcharging inmates and their families for services like banking and telephone calls; 
  • End the requirement that Immigration and Customs Enforcement maintain a level of 34,000 detention beds; and
  • End immigrant family detention.

Those changes include some of the things AIMI members fight for, especially barring government contracts with private prison companies. Passing H.R.3543 would eliminae the conflicts of interest that many legislators have regarding giving treatment before tragedies, because some of them are prison investors and others get campaign contributions from private prison companies. It should be illegal for lawmakers to financially profit by passing the "tough on crime" laws. Hopefully, some representative will eventually introduce a bill saying that legislators on the federal, state, and local levels must Divest or Resign >>


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