Redemption Postcards

Take Action to Bring Our Neighbors Home

Do you have five minutes to write a postcard?

Write a postcard to Governor Polis. Tell him to use his clemency powers to safely release people from prison and help put families back together. Only Governor Polis has the clemency power to save lives and define what redemption looks like in our state.

You can either fill out your postcard on our website below or request a physical postcard. Either way, we will ensure your postcard is mailed directly to Governor Polis. 

Digital

Please download one of the postcards below and fill it out on your computer. We will mail the postcard to Governor Polis on your behalf.

Directions:

  1. Download one of the PDFs below.
  2. Write your custom message to Governor Polis. You can find detailed directions on how to fill out your postcard below.
  3. Save it to your computer.
  4. Email the PDF to [email] with the subject line: “Redemption Postcard Campaign”
  5. Share this page with your friends and family asking them to take action.

Choose your postcard:

Physical

If you would like to receive a physical postcard that you can fill out by hand and mail to us, please fill out the form below. We will mail blank postcards to your address. You can find detailed directions on how to fill out the postcard below.

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Tips on Writing Your Postcard 

  1. Introduce yourself by writing your name.
  2. Tell Governor Polis to use his clemency powers to safely release people from prison. See some examples below.
  3. Write a personal reason why you support safely releasing people from prison. It is more powerful to write your own personal reason to support the redemption campaign, but if you are looking for more ideas, you can find some reasons below.
  4. Repeat your ask of the Governor. See some examples below.
  5. End with your name and your zip code.

Example postcard

Dear Governor Polis,

My name is Helen. I urge you to use your clemency powers to safely release people from prison and save billions of taxpayer dollars. Too many people in Colorado are serving prison sentences that are too long. They could be safely released to rejoin their families.

We are either a nation of “we the people” or “we the prisons” — we can’t be both. Please safely release people from prison!

Helen

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Examples of how to begin your postcard asking Governor Polis to safely release people:

  • Governor Polis, you alone have the clemency power to save lives and define what redemption looks like in our state.
  • I urge you to use your clemency powers to safely release people and save billions of taxpayer dollars and thousands of lives.
  • You have the power of clemency — the power to safely release people who can return home to their families.
  • I urge you to use your clemency powers to safely release people from prison.
  • I urge you to use your clemency powers to safely release people from prison and help put families back together.
  • You can be a leader in the fight against COVID-19 by using your clemency powers to bring our neighbors safely home.

Examples of reasons why Governor Polis should safely release people from prison:

  • End mass incarceration. The problems in our prison system are the result of decades of failed policies. From the War on Drugs to mandatory minimum sentencing and three strike laws, we have incarcerated too many people with sentences that are far too long and have torn too many families apart. As a result, the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world. Releasing people affected by these unfair sentencing policies is a first step we can take to make things right.
  • Champion racial justice. Today, about 1 in every 12 Black men in their thirties is in prison or jail. Releasing people from a broken criminal legal system is a first step we can take to ending racial disparities, reuniting families and healing communities of color. Piecemeal reforms are no longer an option.
  • Redemption is real. Decades of expanding prison populations have cost taxpayers millions, and destroyed families and livelihoods, without leaving any room for rehabilitation, healing and second chances.
  • Fight COVID-19. Prison has been our first and only answer to social problems for far too long. The result — thousands of medically vulnerable, sick or elderly people who pose no threat to public safety, now risk dying of COVID-19 in Colorado’s overcrowded prisons.
  • Save taxpayer dollars. It costs taxpayers billions of dollars to keep people behind bars for decades, even though data show that people age out of crime. If we release people who are determined not to be a threat to public safety, we can use this money to fund our schools, create jobs and provide affordable housing.
  • Build safer communities. The data shows that we don’t have to choose between public safety and public health. The two go hand-in-hand. But in Colorado, we imprison thousands of Coloradans who pose no safety risk, while 35 other states have managed to significantly reduce their prison populations and lower crime. Putting so many people in prison is an ineffective and expensive response to community challenges.

Examples of how to end your postcard:

  • Doing the right thing is good for community and cost effective. Please safely release people from prison.
  • Colorado is stronger and safer when more Coloradans are free. Please safely release people from prison.
  • Redemption is real. Clemency is compassion. We need you to extend a hand and safely release people from prison.
  • People are crying out for justice. You can and must answer the call by safely releasing  people from prison.
  • We are either a nation of “we the people” or “we the prisons” — we can’t be both. Please safely release people from prison.
  • A prison sentence should never be a death sentence. Please safely release people from prison.

Thank you for taking action to defend civil liberties in Colorado and help bring our neighbors home!