Advocacy is a means of influencing your community and elected officials to embrace issues you care about. With over two million Americans incarcerated and an ever growing number of people being released back to our communities, advocating for the reform of the criminal justice system is more important than ever.
When you advocate for criminal justice reform, be sure you have a compelling argument, facts to back it, relatable background, and a human connection.
ANYONE CAN ADVOCATE!
- Be a brand advocate: Talk about your passion for criminal justice reform in your sphere of influence.
- Join Our Network: Sign the Justice Declaration to join Prison Fellowship's Justice Advocate network. As a Justice Advocate, you will gain access to digital campaigns that enable you to contact your elected officials in a matter of minutes using model social media posts, emails, and call scripts that we provide. Your voice can be an effective tool to inspire the Church, change the culture, and advance justice that restores.
- Register to vote: Be sure your registration has your current address.
- Vote in every election: Federal, state, local, municipal, special elections, or primaries—all are important to shaping your world.
- Learn about your elected officials: Visit their websites to learn where they stand on your issues.
- Stay current on issues: Read local/national newspapers, visit issue-related websites, follow your elected officials on social media, and sign up to receive electronic newsletters.
- Evaluate your language: Consider promoting the God-given dignity of each person first and the sin or circumstance second by replacing labels like "felon" with "person behind bars.
Want to learn more? Read "Hello, My Name is Felon."