Education

Utilizing data, storytelling, artistic expression, and research, we educate Arkansans through public events that center the stories and experiences of individuals who are directly impacted by the criminal injustice system.

Education

Utilizing data, storytelling, artistic expression, and research, we educate Arkansans through public events that center the stories and experiences of individuals who are directly impacted by the criminal injustice system.

Education

Utilizing data, storytelling, artistic expression, and research, we educate Arkansans through public events that center the stories and experiences of individuals who are directly impacted by the criminal injustice system.

Education

Utilizing data, storytelling, artistic expression, and research, we educate Arkansans through public events that center the stories and experiences of individuals who are directly impacted by the criminal injustice system.

About the Bill

 

The justice system in the United States has long recognized that juvenile offenders are not the same as adults and has tried to incorporate those differences into law and policy. But only in recent decades have behavioral scientists and neuroscientists, along with policymakers, looked rigorously at developmental differences,


In Arkansas, major juvenile justice reform was enacted in 2017 (Act 539) and 2019 (Act 189), that aligned Arkansas with constitutional requirements, supreme court decisions, and created a safer system for juveniles. SB591, sponsored by Senator Greg Leding, would eliminate life without parole as a sentencing option for minors and young adults (under 21) and create more age-appropriate sentencing standards in compliance with the United States Constitution for minors and young adults who commit serious crimes.

How SB591 Would Become a Law

It takes several steps to pass a bill. This bill will start in the Senate Judiciary Committee. If it passes out of committee it will progress to the full Senate. If the Senate passes the bill, it then progresses to the House of Representatives where the process is repeated. If both committees and legislative bodies pass the bill, it is sent to Governor Asa Hutchinson who either vetoes the bill or signs it into law.
 

How You Can Help

 

1.  Email the Senate Judiciary Committee


SB591 will start in the Senate Judiciary Committee. We recommend sending an email to each member of the committee. Use this link to email the entire committee and ask them to VOTE YES ON SB591. We strongly recommend taking a few minutes to personalize the sample email language provided.
 

2.  Call your Senator


Call (501) 682-2902 and leave a voicemail for your Senator and ask them to support SB591.
If you've never called the Senate, you'll be asked for your name, a phone number, your Senator’s name, and a brief message. Staff will write all of that down on a pink message slip that they'll place on your Senator’s desk in the chamber.

Don’t know your Senator’s name? You can look it up at this link


3.  Utilize Social Media

Every member of the Senate Judiciary Committee has a Twitter account. Use our
Twitter Guide to send a pre-written tweet voicing your support for SB591. Make sure to include #arleg in your tweets.

 

4.  Write a Letter of Support

While it is most important to contact members of the legislature directly, you can write a letter of support for the bill. Send your letter to Laura Berry at laura@decarceratear.org. She will compile all letters of support and provide Senator Greg Leding (the bill’s sponsor) with both digital and physical copies.


5.  Stay Alert

The legislature moves quickly. Often, we won’t know when a bill goes up for a vote until the night before. Make sure you follow decARcerate on social media. Sign up for our newsletter. We will try to keep you updated. Should this bill progress to the House of Representatives, we will provide you with updating action items for this bill.

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