criminal justice system

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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Today we are delighted to share some reflections from the MennoBytes blog on a recent criminal justice event that we co-sponsored, along with the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, in Harrisonburg, Virginia: I am fortunate to work on the edge of the Eastern Mennonite University campus—known around the world, literally, for…

Read more The Church and Criminal Justice: What it Looks Like “On the Ground”

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”