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Update Faithful Work on Mass Incarceration 

Friends across the country have been engaging in faith-based work to end mass incarceration. Their grassroots efforts show great potential.

Update How Do We Act Justly 

The shocking murder of nine African-American people by a young white man in a Charleston, South Carolina church last week has focused the country on the sad fact that racial hatred leading to deadly violence is alive in our country.

Washington Newsletter Washington Newsletter: Mass Incarceration 

Incarceration in the U.S. has gone beyond a system of rehabilitation, retribution or even deterrence. It has become mass incarceration—a set of practices designed to exert control over entire swaths of the population.

Background Long-Term Effects of Incarceration 

Ending mass incarceration means working to close the front door of prisons, preventing nonviolent offenders from being incarcerated in the first place. It also means opening doors for people after release.

Update It's Time for Smarter Sentencing 

On February 12, 2015, Congress reintroduced a vital piece of legislation which, if adopted into law, may well be the most important advancement for criminal justice in the 114th Congress.

Background Mandatory Minimum Sentences 

Mandatory minimum sentences—laws that require binding prison terms for certain crimes—are one reason so many people are behind bars in the U.S. today.

Update Race and (In)Justice in Ferguson 

Ferguson, MO, a small suburb outside of St. Louis, has been the recent spotlight of national media attention. The brutal killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager by Ferguson police, sparked a wave of community uproar.

Statement Solitary Confinement and Quakers 

This statement on behalf of the Friends Committee on National Legislation was submitted for the hearing: "Reassessing Solitary Confinement II: The Human Rights, Fiscal and Public Safety Consequences" to the United States Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights

Background Quakers Know Prisons from the Inside Out 

From the earliest days of their formation as the Religious Society of Friends, Quakers were imprisoned as they followed their evangelist leadings. Their crimes were blasphemy, public speaking, refusal to swear oaths, and disturbing the peace, among other distressing behaviors.

Background State and Federal Responsibilities for Criminal Justice 

The judicial system divides responsibilities for prosecution and incarceration between the local, state, and federal levels. Advocacy and changes at each level are critical for ending mass incarceration.

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