Crime and Justice

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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On Aug. 18 the U.S. Department of Justice announced it would soon begin to phase out private prisons due to safety concerns. The change was made due to numerous reports of abuse and neglect occurring in private, for-profit prisons that hold federal contracts. The government began contracting with private companies to run prisons in the…

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Ask your member of Congress to support H.R. 3713, the Sentencing Reform Act. Background: Decades of overly harsh sentences, particularly mandatory minimums, have led to a dramatic increase in the incarcerated population in the U.S. Our country now incarcerates more people than any other in the world. Unfair sentences have affected millions of families across…

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It is always important to engage with your elected officials, but it is particularly important in an election year like this one. U.S. government policies greatly impact people’s lives in this country and around the world. Those who are poor or marginalized are often affected the most. As Christians, we must educate ourselves about candidates’…

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By Joshua Russell The past 18 months have seen an unprecedented debate in the United States over the police and the use of force. The killing of unarmed African-Americans by police has thrust the racial tensions that many white people were unaware of or ignored into the national spotlight. Tremendous damage has been done in…

Read more The debate over “Blue lives matter” and “Black lives matter”