There is a growing interest in reimagining the relationship between the public health and the justice systems. Our coverage of the new report, “Stress on the Streets (SOS): Race, Policing, Health, and Increasing Trust, not Trauma,” last month highlighted innovative ways that public health and criminal justice reform organizations are collaborating to do just that.
Another example is a new collaborative organized in part by one of the report’s authors, Human Impact Partners. They worked together with the Vera Institute of Justice to organize the Criminal Justice and Public Health National Convening last November (with support from the Ford Foundation and Open Philanthropy), which I attended.
Lawmakers in Delaware allowed a bill to repeal the death penalty to get a full debate on the House floor for the first time. The bill had been stuck in the House Judiciary Committee for the last several years.
The growing coalition in Delaware is fired up at having broken through the logjam. Though the bill did not pass, the fight is not over. In fact, there is still a chance the bill will have another day on the House floor in 2016.
For several years, the Christian Community Development Conference has held a national prayer and advocacy day, called “Locked in Solidarity,” to highlight the injustice of mass incarceration. It is a day when their member and participating organizations hold events and prayer vigils to share lament, hope, and stories as they seek a response to the broken criminal justice system.
This year, EJUSA stands with CCDA for Locked In Solidarity 2016. We see this as an important opportunity for religious communities to reflect on their role in reimagining and reforming criminal justice and to give individuals an opportunity to take meaningful actions.
Laura Coel’s former stepfather sexually abused her for a decade. Now, she is sharing the experience of a restorative justice dialogue process in which she met to meet face-to-face with him.
Hat tip to our friends at the Restorative Justice Initiative for pointing us to this compelling story.
Lawmakers across the country are reconsidering the death penalty, and things are really heating up in Delaware. Legislation to repeal the death penalty has already passed the Senate, and tomorrow, debate moves to the full House floor. If passed, it will go to the Governor, who has promised he will sign the bill.
We need YOU to dig through your address books, your social media accounts, and your “mental rolodex” to think of anyone you might know in Delaware. Connect them to our easy action alert, where they can contact their representative TODAY.
The bill to repeal the death penalty will be debated on the House floor this Thursday, January 28. After being stalled in committee for three years, the full House will finally get a chance to weigh in.
Earlier this week, an article that I wrote was published in the ultra conservative Washington Examiner. In the piece, I expanded on the conservative case against the death penalty.
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