Civil Rights

Let justice roll like a river: U.S. criminal justice policy Leading the world in incarceration, the U.S. struggles to find a balance between justice and punishment. Since the 1970s, the primary focus of criminal justice policy has been getting criminals off the streets. This has led to a great increase in the number of prisoners,…

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“Black, White, Spanish. Doesn’t matter who you are, you’ll feel like you’re part of a family,” a church member said. Lee Heights is located in an urban area and the church aims to serve their community. Many times, they walk through the neighborhood to talk and pray with people. Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) helps the congregation…

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In a new memo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has directed his federal prosecutors to pursue harsh and lengthy sentences for low-level drug offenses. This new policy overturns the practices of former Attorney General Eric Holder. Previously, federal prosecutors were ordered to avoid imposing mandatory minimums for low-level crimes. Sessions sends a clear message of being…

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As they slowly waved to me, I felt like a free black person in the North riding by my enslaved brothers and sisters on a southern plantation. I recently visited Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana as part of a “pipeline to prison learning tour” sponsored by Mennonite Central Committee Central States. The Louisiana State Penitentiary…

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