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.
Texas Legislature was not in session during 2016 but many meetings were held to discuss reform in the area of criminal justice to prepare for the upcoming session. Legislators have already submitted bills for this session that deal with collateral consequences, proportional punishment, and just process. In recent years Texas has made significant reforms to its criminal justice system by reforming is sentencing laws, providing individuals with substance abuse problems the support they need, and making it easier for returning neighbors to become productive members of society. These proposed pieces of legislation present an opportunity for the state to undertake additional criminal justice reform efforts in 2017.
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PRISON FELLOWSHIP IN TEXAS
Prison Fellowship victories in Texas include contributing to the passage of House Bill 2398 in 2015, which provided proportionate consequences for truancy as well as support services for affected youth and families. The same year, Prison Fellowship effectively defeated a bill which would have removed all funding for chaplains in Texas prisons. Chaplains not only contribute to a constructive prison culture and spiritual development in the lives of men and women behind bars, studies show their work saves more money than the positions cost.
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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.