Federal Justice Reform
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
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!
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.
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).
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.
10 TIPS FOR MEETING WITH YOUR LEGISLATOR
When your Representative or Senator is home in the state or district on recess, it’s a great time for you to request a meeting and share why you care about justice reform.