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Update #MarchForOurLives Event at the Quaker Welcome Center 

March 24, 2018 in Washington, DC

Quakers and friends are gathering in DC for the youth led #MarchforourLives rally and march on Washington March 24th, 2018. FCNL will open the Quaker Welcome Center as a hospitality space to support Friends and allies who will be at the rally.

Update Senate Judiciary Advances Bill to Reduce Mass Incarceration Through Comprehensive Criminal Justice Reform 

Committee passage of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act advances real criminal justice reform that reduces excessive mandatory minimum sentences and improves prison programming.

Letter 60 Faith Organizations Call for the Senate Judiciary to Pass SRCA 

Today, FCNL and 59 additional faith organizations sent the following letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (SRCA).

Update Politics is Slowly Overcoming the Dignity and Justice of the Most Vulnerable 

The only reason criminal justice reform has yet to happen is politics

We need to pass bills lowering mandatory minimum sentences, improving prison conditions, and authorizing programs to help formerly incarcerated individuals successfully reenter communities across the country

Western Yearly Meeting Minute on Incarceration 

Meeting on incarceration passed by Western Yearly Meeting in 2016

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.

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