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The UNFORGIVEN is proud to announce the addition of a new organization within the state of Tennessee.
The Tennessee Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform has the ambition and drive that we, the family and friends of
inmates, have been searching for on our quest for justice in our inhumane prisons. The Coalition has an
outstanding agenda that we all need to get involved with if we want to make a difference for our incarcerated
loved one(s). Please take the time to read the following information that we have been able to get from this
wonderful group of people.

To the Coalition: You have our support.

Tennessee Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform, Inc.

The Tennessee Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform is in the process of establishing itself as a nonprofit, tax-exempt
organization form criminal justice reform advocacy. It's purpose is to focus on ways of realistically reducing crime and
recidivism through prevention and rehabilitation, as well as promoting effective criminal justice reform policies.

Letting Your Voice Be Heard: The Key to Real Progress

Criminal justice issues are created by large numbers of citizens and special interest groups who organize to voice their
concerns to their elected leaders. Criminal justice reform has been on a legislative "back burner" for too long because it
has been push by too few.

Prisoner's families are a substantial segment of the community most directly affected by the criminal justice policies in
our state. They have a right to be heard. Yet, their concerns are never taken in serious consideration by state lawmakers
and correctional officials.

The issues of crime and recidivism are issues which definitely affect you, your family and your community. And in the
interest of our communities, it is time that we hold our elected official accountable for implementing measures that are
conducive to the social land economic welfare our communities rather than implementing policies that are conducive to
political and private profit potential. To accomplish positive changes in our criminal justice system, the families and friends
of prisoners must get involved and help make criminal justice reform and important legislative issue in Tennessee. If every
inmate encouraged just one family member or friend to join the Tennessee Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform, state
lawmakers would be hearing from thousands of voting, taxpaying citizens. We have a choice to be involved in constructive
ways which might actually change the problems - the choice is yours. Join the Coalition and help make a difference in our
criminal justice system. TOGETHER, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!

Coalition's Reform Agenda

Advocate change through the legislative process by developing a state-wide constituency of the families and friends of
prisoners and other concerned citizens to educate the public and lawmakers about the urgent need for reforms in the
criminal justice system.

Support a moratorium on Tennessee's prison building program and promote prison management that is conducive to
public interest, rehabilitation and prevention.

Promote improved opportunities for educational programming, vocational training and life skills programs that
meaningfully assist ex-offenders in securing gainful employment upon release from prison. Thus, increasing ex-offenders'
chances of making a productive return to the community.

Promote profamily reform policies in prison assignments, transfers and family visitation so that incarcerated persons
can maintain stable family relationships that will aid offenders in making a successful transition to normalcy in society.

Promote involved parole procedures, guidelines and hearings to emphasize fairness, readiness and consistency with
sentencing laws.

Promote a process for the empowerment of prisoners by providing a fair and functional means of reinstating the right to
vote: while actively working to pass new laws that allow the equitable removal of the right to vote and a reasonable means
of re-acquiring it after it has been revoked.

Meetings: Joining Forces

The Coalition meets every second and fourth Thursday of every month. Meeting time is 7:00p.m. at the Carver
Recreational Center in Johnson City, TN.

How to Contact the Coalition:

Tennessee Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform, Inc.
P.O. Box 2174
Kingsport, TN 37662
phone (423)392-0294
fax (423)392-0526



Any questions or concerns should be addressed to the president Mr. Mack E. Scott.





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