Sample Letter on Criminal Justice Reform

 

Dear Member of Congress,

 

I am writing to urge you to support and pass the National Criminal Justice Act. The legislation would create a bipartisan commission tasked with studying the entire criminal justice system and make recommendations for comprehensive change.

 

Since the 1980s, overly-punitive tendencies have stretched the system too far to be effective. Results are high recidivism rates, with two-thirds of incarcerated individuals rearrested and one half reincarcerated.

 

Our scriptures issue the imperative to care for society’s marginalized and vulnerable individuals, including loving our enemies. However, we currently see a system which does not effectively care for offenders or victims.

 

The NCJCA offers significant opportunity to study and address these issues.

 

Sincerely,

 

[Name and address]

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