A great conversation with Senator Flake's office about mandatory minimums and the expectations of individual states concerns over crime and prison reform.
Dear Mr. Wieland:
Thank you for contacting me about S. 2123, the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015.
As you know, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced S. 2123 on October 1, 2015. This legislation would allow judges greater discretion in applying mandatory minimum sentences for certain non-violent drug-related offenses. In so doing, this bill aims to reduce the costs associated with housing federal inmates by focusing limited resources on the most serious offenders. While S. 2123 would not repeal any mandatory minimum sentencing requirements, it would reduce mandatory minimums for certain offenses. In addition, it would retroactively apply such reductions, after a court considers the violence of the crime, the extent of the defendant's cooperation, and the defendant's criminal history. These considerations would take place in a proceeding subject to the Crime Victims' Rights Act.
I am a cosponsor of S. 2123, which has been referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where it is pending further consideration.
Thank you again for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to do so again in the future. I also encourage you to visit my website, which may be found at flake.senate.gov.
United States Senator
I am writing today concerning the nation's growing felon population. I have written a book that may help some of your state's population get back on their feet as a contributing member of society. Estimates put the total felon population, those in and out of prison, at roughly 20 million. A felony conviction restricts a person's ability to find decent housing, secure employment and a beneficial social standing. Along with these restrictions is the increased chance of re-offending due to the lack of resources available to offer felons help.
My book, Chains of Change, provides the general path of success many people may take to improve their lives. It is written from my perspective, that of a convicted felon, to offer help for other convicted felons, their friends and family. This guide focuses on simple and straightforward advice to help felons get back on their feet and deal with the public sigma of "criminal."
This book is meant for any felon, or their family and friends that may be trying to help get a loved one's life back in order. It goes through the steps in organizing the life of a convicted felon and how to approach many of the hurdles that get in the way of simple happiness and security.
You can learn more about the book at http://jmwieland.com where there are links to purchase the book from Amazon. Thank you for your time and I wish you the very best in your endeavors.
Queen Creek, AZ
For Immediate Release
Convicted felon writes self-help book for other felons to help them succeed after incarceration.
Contact: J. M. Wieland
QUEEN CREEK, Arizona, — J. M. Wieland, Author of Chains of Change, is hoping to help other felons through his unique guidebook focused on providing opportunities to those that have been incarcerated as well as support for their friends and family. Estimates put the total felon population, those in and out of prison, at roughly 20 million. A felony conviction restricts a person's ability to find decent housing, secure employment and a beneficial social standing. Along with these restrictions is the increased chance of re-offending due to the lack of resources available to offer felons help.
Chains of Change is dedicated to providing the general path of success many people have taken in order to improve their lives. It is written from the perspective of a convicted felon to offer help for other convicted felons and their friends and family. This guide focuses on simple and straightforward advice to help felons get back on their feet and deal with the public sigma of "criminal."
"I just wanted to offer what little support I could to those that have made mistakes in the past and are looking to reform and live normal lives for the future," says Wieland. "While this won't provide every answer, it is an excellent start point to getting your life back in order after you've been convicted of a felony."
For more information on Chains of Change visit: jmwieland.com, or search for the book on Amazon.com.
Title: Chains of Change: Success After Incarceration
Publisher: Nomad Books via Create Space
Paperback Price: $5.99
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About the Author
J. M. Wieland is a storyteller and creative who grew up all over the United States working in the fields of writing, marketing, design and business strategy. He is a graduate from the School of Business at Grand Canyon University with a B.S. in Marketing and is pursuing another B.S. in Computer Information Technology from Northern Arizona University. He resides in Queen Creek, Arizona with his two beautiful daughters and amazing wife.