Convened by Prison Fellowship, the Faith & Justice Fellowship is a bipartisan body including members of Congress, governors, and state legislators who are motivated by their various faith traditions to advance restorative values in criminal justice reform. Recognizing that no one is beyond redemption, members of the Fellowship support justice reform that transforms those responsible for crime, validates victims, and encourages communities to play a role in creating a more safe, redemptive, and just society.
The Faith & Justice Fellowship offers a space for members to share strategy and sharpen one another’s efforts on justice reform initiatives in their own jurisdictions. The group regularly convenes to provide mutual encouragement among like-minded leaders. These convenings frequently feature guest speakers who present cutting-edge information helpful to the advancement of values-based justice reform at the state and federal levels. In addition, members are invited to annual trips into prisons where the Prison Fellowship Academy® is flourishing.
THE MISSION OF THE FELLOWSHIP
The mission of the Faith & Justice Fellowship is to build, inform, and inspire a movement of policymakers and voters who believe that human dignity and redemption should be represented in our national dialogue on criminal justice. Members are committed to working in good faith with each other to reach the shared goal of restoration for communities, victims, and people who commit crimes. However, members are not obligated to support or oppose any particular legislation.
"Respect for the equal dignity of all human life – no matter how small or weak – and for the redemptive capacity of all sinners – no matter how calloused – is the foundation for everything that conservatives stand for. So, as I see it, criminal justice reform properly understood represents principled conservatism at its best."
— Senator Mike Lee, UT
"Partnerships between faith-based organizations and law enforcement have been critical to helping thousands of individuals prepare to re-enter their communities as productive members of society. Bipartisan reforms to our criminal justice system can strengthen these initiatives across the country, and I look forward to continuing to work to improve our criminal justice system and expand opportunities for faith-based partnerships to flourish."
— Senator John Cornyn, TX
"As a chaplain in the Air Force Reserve and as a Baptist pastor, I've seen the power of grace. I've seen the importance of second chances. Our criminal justice system should be one where punishment fits the crime, but we must not forget that we are all created in God's image. Faith has an important role to play in criminal justice reform, and I look forward to continuing that dialogue."
— Congressman Doug Collins, GA
Membership in the Faith & Justice Fellowship is not an endorsement of specific candidates for office by Prison Fellowship. Members of the Faith & Justice Fellowship are not required to sponsor or otherwise advocate for specific reform legislation.