Civil and Human Rights

Interfaith coalition urges transformational change to U.S. criminal justice system

The Interfaith criminal Justice Coalition has sent a letter to Congress urging transformational reform to the criminal justice system. The coalition outlines three key reforms: Fixing the Federal Bureau of Prisons Crisis, Establishing Trust Between Law Enforcement and Communities of Color, and Investing in Human Potential to Ensure Public Safety. ​... read more»

Posted by Kara Gotsch on March 04, 2015

TAKE ACTION: Save Kelly Gissendaner’s Life

United Methodists believe in restorative justice United Methodists have advocated against capital punishment since 1956. And sadly, we still have capital punishment in place in far too many places in the world — including Georgia, where United Methodists and all people of faith have been working to stop the execution... read more»

Posted by Bill Mefford on March 04, 2015

Lent — A time to set the prisoners free

As we are now in a time of Lent leading us to Easter Sunday it is right for us to reflect not only on Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, but his life and ministry as well. As we do, we recall that Jesus’ ministry began with the powerful words... read more»

Posted by Bill Mefford on March 02, 2015

Presumed guilty: The immorality of our current pretrial justice system

Does our current pretrial system reflect the ethics and values upon which our legal system of justice is supposedly based? For people of faith and goodwill, the answer is no. For me, personally, the story of my brother’s arrest provided a clear example of how current pretrial practices... read more»

Posted by Doug Walker on January 22, 2015

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