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.
In 2014, Georgia created the Council on Criminal Justice Reform to review its criminal laws and many correctional issues relating to both adults and juveniles. The council released its report in February of 2016, showing that the state has seen reductions in the following since 2013: annual commitments to prisons, the number of people housed in county jails, and the number of youth incarcerated. In response to the recommendation of the council, the legislature enacted SB 367 in an effort to address referrals of youth from schools to law enforcement and to ensure that the state has a constructive juvenile justice system.
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PRISON FELLOWSHIP IN GEORGIA
Prison Fellowship's victories in the state include contributing to the passage of House Bill 242 in 2013, ensuring that youth can remain better connected with their families, mentors, churches, and other positive influences while being held accountable for their actions through community-based alternatives to incarceration. In 2012, Prison Fellowship encouraged passage of House Bill 1176, which provides more effective and less costly punishment for individuals with low-level drug offenses and probation violations.
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Grounded in biblical values and signed by over 100 Christian leaders, the Justice Declaration is a call to the Church to deploy its unique and unparalleled capacity to respond to crime and over-incarceration.