TELL YOUR LEGISLATORS TO RAISE THE AGE IN MICHIGAN
Michigan is one of only seven states to automatically try youth under the age of 18 as adults—regardless of how minor the charges. This leads to poor outcomes for youth and public safety. Sign this petition to tell Michigan legislators to raise the age!
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 Michigan, Prison Fellowship is working to educate Michigan voters and legislators to “think outside the bars,” recognizing that punishment should be both proportional and restorative. Prison Fellowship supports raising the age at which juveniles are tried as adults as well as advocating for presumptive parole, which has the potential to reduce correctional costs significantly while continuing to protect the public. It’s time to create a system of justice in Michigan that reflects the God-given dignity of those impacted by crime and incarceration.
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PRISON FELLOWSHIP IN MICHIGAN
Prison Fellowship is committed to reforming the justice system in Michigan according to the principles of restorative justice—encouraging safer communities, respect for victims, and transformation for men and women who have been convicted of crimes.
In the past, we have worked in Michigan to support House bills 4419 and 4420. These bills offered the opportunity to restore proportionality in the Michigan criminal justice system without impeding the state’s ability to combat crime and protect victims. In addition to advancing restorative values, these sentencing reforms offered practical benefits by addressing the unsustainable growth in the state prison system. Overcrowding puts corrections officials and prisoners at risk and makes it more difficult to operate effective faith-based and other recidivism-reduction programs. Failing to reduce the state prison population is a failure to protect public safety.
SIGN THE JUSTICE DECLARATION!
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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