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 2016, the S.B. 367 was signed into law. This law is a landmark reform to the youth justice system in the state. Among other changes, the law ushered in an era of decreased reliance on incarceration as a primary form of punishment for delinquent acts, instead focusing on keeping young people who commit offenses close to their homes and families. This emphasis was coupled with a keen focus on proportionality of punishment, and a commitment to equip local communities with resources to cultivate a wide array of evidence-based methods to hold youth accountable while promoting opportunities for personal transformation and character development.
To learn more about the successes of these reforms, you can view the committee’s report here.
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PRISON FELLOWSHIP IN KANSAS
Prison Fellowship's victories in the state include contributing to the passage of SB 367, which promotes a constructive juvenile justice system by incarcerating fewer youth and utilizing community-based programs that have been shown to reduce recidivism.
Additionally, Prison Fellowship supported the passage of House Bill 2170 in 2013 so that state expenditures on corrections would be focused on those individuals most likely to recidivate and by strengthening the state's probation and parole systems.
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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.
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