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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More on Criminal Justice

Event Criminal Justice Update: Restoring Dignity through Education  

September 10 at 8:00 p.m. EDT | Conference Call

On September 10, 2019, join José Woss, FCNL’s legislative manager for Criminal Justice, for a special briefing. Learn about upcoming opportunities to restore dignity and opportunity to people who are incarcerated, and actions you can take to advance political change.

Statement Our Federal Government Brings Back Capital Punishment 

On July 25, Attorney General William Barr announced that the federal government will start carrying out death sentences for the first time in nearly two decades by ordering the executions of five inmates. FCNL opposes this action and believes the death penalty should be abolished in all jurisdictions.

Update Restoring Access to Education in Prisons 

In the 1990’s leaders in Washington, D.C. sought to increase punitive sentences and address crime through harsh punishment. The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (P.L. 103-322) increased prison sentences, created incentives for states to build new prisons, and strengthened laws that made the incarcerated serve more of their sentence before their release. The law also eliminated Pell Grants in prisons.

Event Fostering Civic Oversight with Law Enforcement: Two Quakers’ Stories  

Watch the Recording

On July 10, FCNL hosted a conversation with Dwight Wilson and Eduardo Diaz, two seasoned Quakers who have served as national leaders in the work for civilian oversight of law enforcement.

Action Alert Tell Congress: Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement 

The Department of Defense 1033 program funnels military equipment from the Pentagon to local, federal, and tribal law enforcement.

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