Criminal Justice

Injustice & Inequity in the Justice System

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We all lose when we lock people away. Incarceration denies the opportunities for rehabilitation and healing that are necessary for a person to fulfill his or her potential. This is a loss not only to the individual and his or her family but to society as a whole.


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Support FCNL Look at What We Accomplished Together 

The last few weeks have been a source of inspiration and hope. In a time when many of our government’s policies are moving us in the wrong direction, we’ve also seen the positive impact that faithful advocates like you can have.

Press Release Quaker Lobby Celebrates Congressional Passage of the FIRST STEP Act 

Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) praised this week’s passage of the FIRST STEP Act (S. 756) by both chambers of Congress. This bipartisan criminal justice reform bill is expected to be signed into law by the president by the end of the week.

Update The First Step Act Passed: What’s in it? 

The FIRST STEP Act (S. 756) is similar to the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, a bill FCNL has supported for a number of years. It will bring more fairness to our criminal justice system through the reductions of mandatory minimum sentencing, and will aid reentry through recidivism reduction programs.

Action Alert Support the First Step Act 

Mass incarceration takes 2.3 million people away from our communities - many of them black and brown people incarcerated for nonviolent drug offenses.

Press Release Quakers Applaud Senate Passage of Savanna’s Act 

Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) welcomed the passage of Savanna’s Act (S.1942) by the Senate. The bill is now headed to the House for their approval. Savanna’s Act is named after Savanna LaFontaine Greywind, a Dakota woman eight-months pregnant who went missing and was found brutally murdered in August 2017.

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