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 2015, Tennessee had almost 30,000 individuals incarcerated in state prisons and has seen its expenditures on criminal justice grow by $30 million in the past ten years This prompted state legislators to propose a number of bills in 2016. These new laws will provide individuals with a criminal record more employment opportunities and allow individuals who were charged with a crime on account of a mistaken identity to have records related to the proceeded removed from public access.
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PRISON FELLOWSHIP IN TENNESSEE
Prison Fellowship victories in Tennessee include contributing to the enactment of a Memphis city ordinance in 2010 that prohibits inquiry about criminal history on an employment application until after a conditional offer of employment has been provided. The ordinance opens doors for men and women with criminal backgrounds to gain meaningful employment and become contributing members of society.
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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.