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‘A Call to Police Reform & Healing of Communities’

National Council of Churches sets forth 7 steps to reform

Police brutality resulting in major injuries and death taking place so often ‘we can barely keep up with the reports,’ NCC Governing Board says. read more »

by Wayne Rhodes, Editor, Faith in Action
on May 15, 2015

Humanize, not demonize

A justice system Mo’ne and Jesus would love

Everyone has sinned, a truth whose ethical impact could transform U.S. criminal-justice system — if we took it seriously. read more »

by Bill Mefford
on May 15, 2015

‘I Wish My Dreams Were in Your Politics’

500 protest at family-detention center in Dilley, Texas

When families fleeing violence or brutal conditions arrive in the U.S., they are placed in detention centers with wretched conditions in remote places. read more »

by Bill Mefford
on May 07, 2015

The ‘pastor on the block’

Gang members, pastors have ‘fruitful time of sharing’ in Baltimore

Following Freddie Gray’s death, Michael Parker returned to the neighborhood where he grew up to find many grieving residents needed an outlet for prayer and a forum to talk. read more »

by Erica Hellerstein
on May 07, 2015

Envision no gun violence

Faith community ‘strongest voice’ in debate

Atwood tells Omaha, Neb., congregation white churches especially afraid to mention guns. read more »

by Mary Spurgeon
on May 07, 2015

Prison wrong way to treat drug addiction

3 Iowa bishops support sentencing reform

Mandatory-minimum sentences hinder judicial discretion, cause federal prison overcrowding. read more »

May 07, 2015

#PrisonDivest

National Week of Engagement launched

Campus, community groups around U.S. educating about institutions’ complicity in prison industrial complex. read more »

April 24, 2015

Iowa faith leaders call for sentencing reform

"Our ministries call us to comfort and serve those harmed by crime, support accountability, rehabilitation, and restoration for those who offend and counsel families experiencing the painful outcomes of crime. From this vantage point, we have come to recognize the need for fundamental changes to the nation’s justice... read more »

Posted by Kara Gotsch on April 20, 2015

Important dates to circle

April promises to be a busy month

April 14 national call to abolish the death penalty; April 30 Twitter chat on mass incarceration. read more »

by Bill Mefford
on April 13, 2015

Ecumenical Advocacy Days ask

Visits to Capitol Hill, Monday, April 20

Lobby day visits will ask for reform of federal criminal-justice and immigrant-detention policies. read more »

April 13, 2015

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