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

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

Listening to the ‘Blues Brothers’

The walls of the Chillicothe (Ohio) Correctional Institution are imposing to say the least. Lined with barbed wire and bookended by guard towers, clearly these walls are meant to separate, punish and silence the men inside. In the United States today, more than 2.5 million adults are imprisoned behind walls like... read more»

Posted by Leigh Finnegan on July 21, 2014

Vulnerability: A God who sees

The General Board of Church & Society teamed with the Horizon Prison Initiative to create a three-day prison immersion program at Chillicothe (Ohio) Correctional Institution that involved persons in prison ministry interacting with prisoners. Last week clergy and laity from across the country gathered in Chillicothe, Ohio, for a three-day... read more»

Posted by Leigh Finnegan on July 14, 2014

Call Attorney General Holder and Tell Him No More Solitary Confinement!

We have supermax prisons that are not filled. Why are we building more? Sure beats the heck out of me! Unbelievably, the federal government is planning to expand its supermax prison beds at a time when there is no need for more beds, and when the nation is waking up... read more»

Posted by Bill Mefford on June 25, 2014

2013 an amazing year, but 2014 may be better!

Grab some eggnog or hot chocolate, nestle in your favorite chair and let's look back at 2013 ... Wow, what a year! United Methodist engagement in justice ministries has reached sky-high levels. You guys are awesome! Here are a few things we accomplished this year: Over 300 Family Unity Prayer Vigils in... read more»

Posted by Bill Mefford on December 16, 2013

A reflection on Human Rights Day

"Any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having... read more»

Posted by Paz Artaza-Regan, National Religious Campaign Against Torture on December 05, 2012

Advent: Christian Call to Hospitality

Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2 I just returned from a UM gathering in Chugiak, Alaska. The temperatures were colder than I have ever experienced. Having grown up in the southern part of the United States, I... read more»

Posted by Susan Burton on December 03, 2012

Free Beer and American Prisons

“Free Beer” was the title of a lecture given last week by Dr. Dan Ariely, professor of behavioral economics at Duke University, at the Chautauqua Institute.  The title, itself, caught people’s attention, especially at Chautauqua, a training center established in the 1870’s with wide... read more»

Posted by Clayton Childers on August 17, 2012

Take Action! FCC: Stop Predatory Phone Rates

On June 20 urge the Federal Communications Commission to Stop Predatory Phone Rates for Those Currently Incarcerated Those who are incarcerated are isolated from their families and loved ones and the high rates of long-distance calls makes needed family contact an enormous financial burden on families. A typical long-distance collect call... read more»

Posted by Bill Mefford on June 05, 2012

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