TAKE A STAND FOR JUSTICE THAT RESTORES
The United States locks up more of its citizens than any other nation. Our over-reliance on incarceration fails to make us safer or restore the people and communities who have been harmed. Our misguided response to crime has pervasive, devastating, and long-lasting consequences for individuals and American society at large. Followers of Christ have a unique responsibility and capacity to address this crisis. Grounded in biblical values, the Justice Declaration is a call to the Church to deploy its unique and unparalleled capacity to respond to crime and over-incarceration.
HELP TO UNLOCK SECOND CHANCES
Everyone has inherent dignity and potential, but some 65 million Americans—or one in four adults—have a criminal record. Though many people with a criminal conviction have changed their values and mindsets, their record continues to limit their access to education, jobs, housing, and other things they need for a full and productive life. In addition to widespread social stigma, there are more than 48,000 documented legal restrictions on people with a conviction. We call these restrictions and stigma the “second prison.” The second prison wastes human potential and adds to recidivism, ultimately jeopardizing public safety.
SUPPORT PRISON FELLOWSHIP IN YOUR STATE
JOIN PRISON FELLOWSHIP IN ADVOCATING FOR FEDERAL REFORMS
Prison Fellowship has been active on Capitol Hill for decades, lobbying the Administration and Congress to support groundbreaking reforms to make communities safer, respect victims, and transform lives. No matter what state you call home, you can be part of our federal justice reform campaigns!
DO YOU HAVE A STORY TO TELL?
Whether you're an advocate, or someone struggling within the criminal justice system, we want to hear from you about the impact these issues and legislation have had on your life.
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.
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.