Federal Justice Reform
Tell the President and Congress to declare April as Second Chance Month so those who have paid their debt can reach their God-given potential!Donate Your Signature for Second Chances!
With 40 years of experience helping restore men and women behind bars, Prison Fellowship advocates for federal and state criminal justice reforms that transform those responsible for crime, validate victims, and encourage communities to play a role in creating a safe, redemptive, and just society. At the federal level, our priorities include prison reform, sentencing reform and ensuring resources for reentry.
WAYS YOU CAN GET INVOLVED
DONATE YOUR TIME
Seeking Justice Advocate Volunteers. We will equip you to advance justice through events, social media, and building relationships with your federal legislators!
TELL YOUR STORY
Did you or a family member receive an unfair federal sentence or haven’t been able to access quality programming in federal prison? One testimony at a time, we can advance justice that restores.
Named after Prison Fellowship’s founder, the Chuck Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections released this report and recommendations to transform federal corrections and restore lives.
PRISON FELLOWSHIP'S FEDERAL HISTORY
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), the Fair Sentencing Act (2010), the establishment of the Chuck Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections (2014), and the 21st Century Cures Act (2016). Several Members of Congress belong to Prison Fellowship’s Faith & Justice Fellowship, a bipartisan body of policymakers motivated by their various faith traditions to advance restorative values in the criminal justice system.VIEW TIMELINE OF FEDERAL REFORMS
ADVANCING HUMAN RIGHTS THROUGH INTERNATIONAL PRISON REFORM
Read Prison Fellowship's Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Public Policy Craig DeRoche's Testimony before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Advancing Human Rights Through International Prison Reform Hearing (Jan. 17, 2018).ADVANCING HUMAN RIGHTS
TESTIMONY OF HEATHER RICE-MINUS BEFORE THE UNITED STATES SENTENCING COMMISSION
Presented on March 14, 2018, by Heather Rice-Minus, vice president of government affairs at Prison Fellowship. This testimony was given before the United States Sentencing Commission during a public hearing on proposed amendments to the sentencing guidelines for first offenders and alternatives to incarceration.READ THE TESTIMONY
SIGN THE JUSTICE DECLARATION!
If you believe in a justice system that restores all those impacted by crime and incarceration, please join our growing network of advocates by signing the Justice Declaration. Together we can inspire the Church, change the culture, and advance justice reform.SIGN THE DECLARATION
PRIORITY ISSUES AND LEGISLATION
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!
ENSURING PROPORTIONAL PUNISHMENT
The FIRST STEP Act was passed to reduce disproportional drug offenses and allow earn time credits to be awarded for program participation. Contact lawmakers to request they fully implement the law and maximize its potential!
ADVANCING CONSTRUCTIVE PRISON CULTURE
Studies have revealed that participation in education programs during incarceration has resulted in a 43% lower recidivism rate. Encourage lawmakers to restore Pell Grant access behind bars to offer hope and higher education to incarcerated men and women.
The Fair Chance Act passed, allowing formerly incarcerated individuals to show their talents, skills, & commitment to personal growth as they compete for federal jobs and contractor positions. Thank lawmakers for supporting second chances!