‘Sentencing Reform & Corrections Act’

Letter praises effort to reduce harsh sentences

40 faith groups call act important step toward fixing federal prison crisis. read more »

October 20, 2015

Getting it done!

It's as good a time as any to take notice of some success — yes, success!

From criminal-justice reform to caring for refugees, United Methodists are making a difference. read more »

by Bill Mefford
on October 08, 2015

Receiving the ‘returning citizen’

Rockford (Ill.) Urban Ministries, Oct. 22

Discussion will address prison overcrowding, programs that allow churches to offer outreach to welcome, mentor, and assist in spiritual and physical needs. read more »

October 08, 2015

Faith leaders learn about Healing Communities

Yellowstone Conference welcomes GBCS national coordinator

Congregational involvement can lead to advocacy for systemic change, such as criminal-justice reform. read more »

by the Rev. Melanie Martin-Dent
on September 24, 2015

Kairos Prison Ministry Outside Nov. 13-15

Free event at United Methodist Lake Lucerne Camp

Wisconsin support weekend for women with a relative or friend incarcerated. read more »

September 24, 2015

Social-justice agency expresses concern over Sandra Bland’s death

The General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church grieves the death while in police custody of Sandra Bland of Waller County, Texas, a recent employee of Prairie View A&M University. Ms. Bland’s family and the African Methodist Episcopal Church, of which she... read more»

July 21, 2015


Take a selfie to help end family detention

Families should not be indefinitely detained in subpar conditions — but it is happening nonetheless! read more »

by Bill Mefford
on July 10, 2015

‘Breaking Down the Box’

Free 40-minute documentary on solitary confinement

National Religious Campaign Against Torture releases video in time for Torture Awareness Month viewings. read more »

June 17, 2015

Faith Leaders influencing debate

Drug maximum-minimum sentences under bipartisan scrutiny

Faith community uniquely positioned to provide moral vision needed to address mass incarceration. read more »

by Kara Gotsch
on June 08, 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

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