RELEASE A FEDERAL INMATE = HOUSE AND FEED TWO HOMELESS VETS. The events that surround all of us daily seem designed to keep us unorganized and distracted from focusing on any specific, neglected domestic matter. Everybody has an agenda, as do we. Reform Crime Sentencing (RCSNOW.ORG) is focused on reigniting some discussions and hopefully making progressive proposals into reforms for the draconian federal sentencing policies which have taken such a toll upon taxpayers, veterans, and families over the last three decades. Even Trump’s presidential campaign pledged huge help for veterans who despite great sacrifice, remain outside the care and aid of the Veterans Administration. Unfortunately for the 39,400+ homeless Vets each night in America (according to HUD published statistics), there is no non-expense pending legislation to help our best. Based on the inability of any common ground proposals to move through government, we may have little to look forward to if our politicians refuse to get their act together. RCSNOW.ORG has developed a proposal that we are sharing with influential politicians concerned with the plight of America’s veterans and also with those who are greatly troubled by the outrageous amount that it costs to warehouse federal non-violent offenders, around $32,000 each per year. Current federal prison population is approximately 183,500 yet removing only 10% from the system and transferring the cost savings to the VA for a specific homeless vet assistance program would mostly eliminate the problem. The funds are to be used only for housing assistance and at least food stamps for those veterans who need and want the assistance. We are concerned also by the lagging medical benefits available to vets, but believe those issues are internal to the VA and separate, adequate funding issues as mandated by law are the responsibility of the budget process. A non-violent offender is easily determinable. No gun, no threats of physical force, no blood on the ground, and no injuries. A drug dealer, sometimes, especially for an initial arrest of a small quantity. An illegal alien with no other charges. A fraudster of lesser consequence than Bernie Madoff. Why are we holding these people for five, ten, even twenty years and then cutting them loose or simply again deporting them after spending $150,000 for a five, $300,000 for ten years, and $600,000 for twenty years of full care with no repayment to society? Our lives are not better for this misuse of our tax dollars. The actual beneficiaries of our monetary largesse are the prison and judicial industries to the tune of more than $50 billion per year. We have allowed our elected politicians to embroil us in their poppycock, distracting us from the pressing problems of the nation. While your vote is supposed to count, those elected have engaged too often in diatribes of vilification, not constructive work for the benefit of the country. We must look at the person, not the party they represent, and evaluate the likelihood that representing us is their true priority. It is our intent to provoke thought and discussion on two issues that we think can achieve some traction and serve the country as a whole. Provide veterans with the necessary resources to live adequately in recognition of their services to us without taking additional money from taxpayers. Reduce prison population by reforming the failed mandatory minimum sentencing “guidelines” which are anything but guides to rehabilitation and cost taxpayers billions of dollars that should be used for homeless veterans. Please engage your contacts in this discussion as it will take a groundswell of support to make any change happen. Please see Reform Crime Sentencing on Facebook and RCSNOW.ORG.