The first and most important objective is to be the contact group for the upcoming initiative to have all pre-SRA offenders resentenced by the courts in accordance to the Sentencing Reform Act. It is the goal of the initiative to eliminate the need and functioning of the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board. This initiative is still in its early stages and there may be some constitutional and/or legislative problems involved. It is planned that the initiative be filed this year but solely for the purpose of working through these problems. The actual initiative will be filed and petitions circulated in time to get the initiative on the ballots in 1992. There will be more information in the Prisoners' Legal News on this initiative.
It is very important for all of us "outside the walls" to become organized. There are many groups and organizations who are interested in prison issues. We just don't know of each other. If you are in a group somewhere in our state, or know of a group, could you please send your address to the Prison/Community Alliance? We need to know where everyone is and how to contact you. We will in turn make a list of all organizations and send each one on the list a copy of the list. Communication is a real problem, but the lack of communication can be easily resolved.
The address for the Prison/Community Alliance can also be used by prisoners who want to write to the Prisoners' Legal News. The P.O. Box is there if you want to use it in this way.
Keep reading the Prisoners' Legal News for more information, and remember we don't need money - we need you. We are spread across the state, but together we will be heard. The changes in the prison system only take place because there is no opposition. We have been silent too long.
P.O. Box 276
Kent, WA 98035
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