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.
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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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.