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Justice that Restores

WHAT IS JUSTICE THAT RESTORES?

A restorative approach to crime and incarceration recognizes the dignity and value of all human life. By promoting accountability for those responsible for crime, encouraging the participation of victims in the restorative process, and cultivating community engagement, justice is promoted and communities are restored.

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NATIONAL ISSUES AND LEGISLATION

For over 30 years, Prison Fellowship has been active on Capitol Hill, lobbying Congress to support reforms to make communities safer, respect victims, and transform lives. Prison Fellowship played a leading role in working with Members of Congress to pass groundbreaking criminal justice reforms, including the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (1993), the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (2000), the Prison Rape Elimination Act (2000), Second Chance Act (2008), and the Fair Sentencing Act (2010), among others. Additionally, Prison Fellowship and the Texas Public Policy Foundation co-founded Right on Crime, a growing movement of conservatives committed to justice reform.

PROPORTIONATE PUNISHMENT

Prison Fellowship seeks a restorative approach to punishment where those harmed by crime are allowed to be a part of the process, those who offended are given a chance to make amends, and men and women are not incarcerated for longer than the wrongs committed would warrant.


CONSTRUCTIVE PRISON CULTURE

A restorative approach to crime seeks to do more than warehouse people convicted of crimes. It means holding prisoners accountable to accept responsibility for the harm they have caused to their victims, and to take steps to make amends and rebuild trust with their communities.


RESTORED COMMUNITIES

Crime doesn't just affect the perpetrators and victims, it also injures the community. A restorative justice approach considers these harms and engages communities in solutions, promoting safety by using proven crime reduction practices while protecting individual liberty.


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RESOURCES

Visit our resources section to find statistics, information, and perspectives on many of the issues surrounding crime, punishment, incarceration, and reentry; as well as proposed legislative responses to the challenges surrounding the criminal justice system.

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If you share our vision for a justice system that restores all those impacted by crime and incarceration, please join our growing network of advocates. Together we can inspire the Church, change the culture, and advance justice reform.