Advocacy

WHY SUPPORT JUSTICE REFORM?

Crime isn't just the breaking of laws. Crime harms the people we love and undermines our sense of safety. Crime demands a response, but the current approach to crime and incarceration often neglects the needs of victims, exacts revenge instead of accountability, and fails to make our communities safer.

It is time to build a new approach—one that validates those victimized by crime, transforms those responsible for crime, and encourages communities to play a role in creating a safe and just society.

RIGHT-SIZED SENTENCES

If you believe in more proportional sentences for non-violent drug crimes and want people in federal prison to come home as better neighbors, Tell your U.S. Senators you support the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act!

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TRANSFORM PRISONS

Let’s reform incarceration from a period of incapacitation to transformation! Support the Recidivism Risk Reduction Act along with the Sentencing Reform Act, and give people the opportunity to serve sentences that are meaningful and constructive.

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UNLOCK SECOND CHANCES

You can help returning neighbors get the tools they need to succeed during reentry by supporting of continued funding for Second Chance programs providing substance abuse treatment, mentoring, job training, and more.

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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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SUPPORT PRISON FELLOWSHIP IN YOUR STATE

PRISON FELLOWSHIP'S HISTORY WITH JUSTICE REFORM

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.

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.

MEET OUR ADVOCACY TEAM

Prison Fellowship's justice reform advocacy team works to bring about meaningful change on both the federal and state level. Learn more about our distinguished team, and their work promoting restorative justice principles.

FAITH & JUSTICE FELLOWSHIP

Prison Fellowship mobilizes a new bipartisan body including members of Congress, governors, and state legislators motivated by their various faith traditions and committed to prioritizing and advancing restorative values in criminal justice reforms.

ADVOCATE FOR JUSTICE THAT RESTORES

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.