About the Film
Dwayne Johnson stars as John Matthews, a businessman hit hard when his teenage son is wrongfully ensnared in a drug bust and threatened with a terrifying 10-30 years in federal prison (under the US government’s draconian minimum drug sentencing laws). The only option to reduce the sentence is to “snitch.” A desperate Matthews makes a deal with the politically ambitious federal prosecutor (Sarandon) and infiltrates the operation of a violent drug dealer (Williams). When his amateur undercover work unexpectedly exposes a major player in the Mexican drug trade (Bratt), the rules suddenly change and an already dangerous venture turns decidedly deadly.
For the first time since 2012, there is a sentencing reform bill with bipartisan support in both houses of Congress! Write to both of your elected officials to tell them you support the Justice Safety Valve Act, which would give judges the flexibility to end the injustices produced by mandatory minimum sentences.
For years, mandatory minimum sentences have driven unsustainable prison populations and costs. Rather than wasting money on sentencing nonviolent drug offenders to decades in federal prison, this bill would improve public safety by saving limited Justice Department funds for law enforcement, investigating terrorism and violent crimes, or other areas in order to keep crime low.
Tell your elected officials that you support the Smarter Sentencing Act, which would reform mandatory minimum drug sentencing laws to keep crime low.
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Wrong convictions are not restricted to innocent defendants who are falsely found guilty. Mandatory minimum sentencing policies are piling years of unwarranted penitentiary time on first-time, nonviolent offenders. Prosecutorial manipulation of jailhouse informers routinely hangs truth and justice upon the words of a single snitch. Read stories of those affected by these issues.