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Stars Ask To Help Obama Change Drug, Jail Policy

Lil Wayne, Ron Howard, Scarlett Johansson and Kim Kardashian are all on the same page when it comes to criminal justice reform.

Russell Simmons
Russell Simmons (Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)

They’re among more than 100 entertainers calling on the president to focus on changing drug laws. Rap mogul Russell Simmons helped assemble the coalition of celebrities and civil rights leaders that presented a letter to President Barack Obama today.

The group praises the president’s efforts toward drug incarceration reform but insists “the time is right” to move toward replacing jail sentences with intervention and rehabilitation for non-violent drug offenders.

The starry group, which also includes Jennifer Hudson, Susan Sarandon and Will Smith, also asks Obama to form a panel to handle clemency requests and to support a measure that allows judges to waive mandatory minimum sentences.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved)

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