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Update A Letter from an Incarcerated Friend 

Earlier this month, we received a letter from Mark, who is currently incarcerated. He wrote to let us know how much he appreciated FCNL’s resources on criminal justice reform. He was also wondering if we could provide insights into some of the pieces of legislation making their way through Congress. In his letter, Mark mentioned that he is helping write sentence reduction appeals for other prisoners, and he wants to make sure he's current on the most recent changes in the law.

Update Climate change is more than a security threat – it’s a reality for America’s prisoners 

On December 12 President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2018. In it is a statement that reads: “Climate change is a direct threat to the national security of the United States.”

Letter Faith Groups Oppose "Concealed Carry Reciprocity" Legislation 

While some states have strong laws that require extensive firearms training, other states issue permits to individuals using much lower standards, even to non-residents of the state. Federal concealed carry reciprocity legislation would force states with the strongest laws to honor the permits of states with the weakest laws.

Background “Law and Order”: Militarism, Racism, and the Criminal Justice System 

Law enforcement is supposed to keep us all safe. But communities of color are also concerned about being kept safe from law enforcement.

Press Release Virginia Faith Leaders Urge Rep. Goodlatte to Re-introduce Sentencing Reform  

On Monday November 13th, the Friends Committee on National Legislation convened local faith leaders in Lynchburg, Virginia to call on Rep. Bob Goodlatte to re-introduce his 2015 Sentencing Reform Act.

Update Quaker Witness = Might and Action 

As the nation faces the latest mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Friends are offering thoughts and prayers, holding in the light all who are touched by these human tragedies. Out of this sense of spirit, Friends are also committing to action to stop this violence.

FCNL in the News St Louis protests: 'The new Selma' 

FCNL's José Woss explains how white supremacy and militarization together spur police brutality against black protesters and communities.

FCNL in the News US police chief wanted to 'mow down' black people 

Al Jazeera quotes FCNL's José Woss on the lack of accountability for police violence.

Update Senate Re-Introduces Sentencing Reform 

Senate sponsors, led by Senators Grassley (IA) and Durbin (IL), have re-introduced the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (SRCA).

Update Remember What NFL Players Are Protesting 

Even if you’re not much of a sports fan, you’ve probably heard about one of the biggest news stories of the year in the sports world: the protests by athletes, especially NFL players, who take a knee during the National Anthem to call attention to police brutality against people of color and to demand change.

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