Crime and Justice

New legislation addresses detention of Palestinian children Jarrah Masalmeh was 15 years old when he was arrested at 2 am by Israeli soldiers at his home in the West Bank. Charged with throwing stones, he was locked up for nine months. Unfortunately Jarrah’s story is not unusual. Each year Israel detains hundreds of Palestinian youth, many of whom are subject…

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The MCC Washington Office recently hosted members of our new network of “volunteer advocacy coordinators” in D.C. for training, networking and advocacy. The network is an effort to increase advocacy throughout the U.S. through engagement with the Washington Office. Coordinators represent the states of California, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. During their time…

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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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Announcing our high school essay contest The MCC Washington Office is now accepting submissions for the annual high school essay contest! This year’s topics include: Climate change Foreign assistance Mass incarceration Anabaptist youth who are of high school age within the U.S. and Puerto Rico are eligible to enter and win up to $1,000! The…

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In a recent statement, Mennonite Central Committee U.S. addressed the events that took place in Charlottesville, VA. on Saturday, August 12. Andrew Wright, of the MCC Central States region, composed the statement with the consultation of other staff and board members. “Mennonite Central Committee is a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches that shares God’s love…

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