Mass incarceration is a long and pervasive disease we all
live with in the U.S. We’ve lived with it for over 40 years. If you consider its precursors, we have been living with systematic oppression of black and brown bodies for centuries.
Last year, we saw the most robust attempts to reform America’s criminal
justice system that the federal government has seen in a generation.
Congress nearly brought a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill to
Disproportionally long prison sentences for certain crimes, combined with laws that prevent successful re-entry into civilian life, have created a system of mass incarceration that doesn’t work, cost too much and unfairly impacts the poor and people of color.
In a letter to the chair and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, FCNL expressed concern about Senator Sessions' nomination based on his past positions and statements on religious freedom and refugees, racial discrimination in the criminal justice and voting systems, and immigration.
While Congress didn't take up sentencing reform in 2016, we need to keep pressing for justice. This isn't just a policy -- it's a potential new start for thousands of people locked up with lengthy, unjust sentences.
A strong majority of Homeland Security Advisory Council members voted to phase out private prisons, in a surprising dissent from the group’s draft recommendation to continue DHS use of private prisons.
It's looking unlikely that Congress will vote on Sentencing Reform this year. What should we be saying to them?
Now, more than ever, we need you. Now, more than ever, we need your advocacy, your voice. The election results may have made our work more difficult, but they’ve also made your relationships with your senators and representative more important than ever before.