Unintended Consequences: Teens can face 15 years in prison for sexting.

“No” on HR 1761!
While  closing “loopholes” in child porn legislation, HR 1761 is overbroad in scope and will punish those it is designed to protect: teens. At least half of our teens have admitted to teen-to-teen sexting, this bill could land them in jail for a 15-year mandatory sentence. Don’t remove judicial discretion! The bill has passed the House and now heads to the Senate. We need to stop it now!

Script: I’m calling to ask Senator (____) to vote “NO” on HR 1761. With sentencing discretion removed from judges, our private prison system will fill up with teenagers serving mandatory 15- year sentences for doing what half of teenagers admit to doing. Revenge sexts and bullying need to be addressed and punished, but this is going too far.

Call Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
Call Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (916) 448-2787, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884

More Info:http://reason.com/blog/2017/05/31/house-overwhelmingly-supports-bill-subje

Extra credit: Email our Reps. Julia Brownley and Salud Carbajal and ask why they both voted to place so many of our teens in such serious legal jeopardy. As John Conyers (D-MI), who voted “NO”, explained, “We simply cannot rely on prospective discretion to protect juveniles under this statute, given the new policy of the Attorney General. We are under a new regime here at the federal level, and I can’t depend on relying on the prosecutorial discretion to protect juveniles under this statute.” Here’s some more references to draw from when writing your email:

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/11/18/living/teens-sexting-what-parents-can-do/

http://www.freerangekids.com/calling-a-high-school-sex-tape-child-porn-leads-to-a-16-year-olds-suicide/

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