Pauline Rogers’ first experience in a court room was testifying about her father’s murder. Not long before, the then 9-year-old had witnessed her own mother shoot her father. “I helped her put him in the car,” she admits. “He died en route to the hospital.” The court ruled it a case of self-defense, and Rogers’ […]
October 9, 2015
Written by Zoe Erler
The following commentary originally appeared on the Breakpoint website. It’s no secret that most Americans disapprove of the way Congress is doing its job, and by “most” I mean an overwhelming majority. The reason most give is that Congress doesn’t seem to get much done. That’s why I’m delighted to tell you about a rare exception, […]
October 9, 2015
Written by Eric Metaxas
On a cold and overcast October day, thousands of people gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to raise awareness about drug and alcohol abuse, and to help chart a course where those affected by addiction are treated as individuals in need of help, and not simply warehoused as criminals. Celebrities, musicians, and other […]
October 7, 2015
Written by Steve Rempe
For men and women who have committed crimes, the biggest challenge often isn’t being incarcerated—it’s dealing with ongoing perceptions that they are, because of their past, forever tagged as “criminal” and subjected to a status that is somewhat less than human.  Long after their formal punishment has been served, many of these former prisoners must continue […]
October 6, 2015
Written by Steve Rempe
Katherine Thompson recently served as a policy intern with Justice Fellowship.  A version of the following article originally appeared on the House of Margaret Thatcher website, and is used here with permission.   If I could attend church in prison every week, I would. When I used to think about prison, I conceived images of […]
October 5, 2015
Written by Katherine Thompson
New Criminal Justice Reform Deal Upholds Biblical Values and Prioritizes Restoration of Victims, Communities, and Those Who Committed Crimes Bipartisan Group of Senators Find Common Ground As Deal on Federal Prison and Sentencing Reform Moves to a More Restorative Model WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2015—Today a bipartisan group of senators, led by Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) […]
October 1, 2015
Written by Steve Rempe
One of the last stops on Pope Francis’ visit to the United States was perhaps the most stark.  Three days after addressing what is arguably the most influential political body in the world, the pope entered the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia to speak to an audience of about 100 prisoners and family members. “I am […]
September 30, 2015
Written by Steve Rempe
One of the most beautiful churches in upstate New York is the Church of St. Dismas, The Good Thief, in Dannemora. Built between 1939 and 1941, this Neogothic-inspired stone chapel boasts massive oak doors and an impressive spire. The church stands on the grounds of Clinton Correctional Facility, a short distance from the prison’s outer […]
September 29, 2015
Written by Jim Liske
As counterintuitive as it may seem, over the past five years both crime and imprisonment have declined. At least in 30 states. Earlier today, The Pew Charitable Trusts released an infographic that illustrates this positive trend. According to its research, Pew found that between 2009 and 2014, the national imprisonment rate fell 7 percent, while the […]
September 28, 2015
Written by Zoe Erler
Stephanos Bibas, a professor of law and criminology at the University of Pennsylvania, has written a thoughtful piece in National Review on the state of incarceration in the United States.  Challenging presumptions of both left and right, Bibas argues that an effective system of corrections is one that holds people responsible for their behavior, but also […]
September 24, 2015
Written by Steve Rempe