Prisons

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

A Promise Fulfilled

This past Sunday in Oklahoma City, a promise decades in the making was fulfilled: Donald Gilliard came to worship at Quayle United Methodist Church.  Mr. Gilliard, a skilled stage director and performer, has been a part of the Quayle family since the mid -1990s.  Yet having been... read more»

Posted by Laura Markle Downton on July 25, 2012

Shifting Our Approach

The connection between the America's war on drugs and the skyrocketing rates of incarceration is no secret. More than half of our federal inmates are in prison for drug convictions. Many of them for minor offenses.  Since 1972, our prison population has exploded from 300k to over 2.3 million, and... read more»

Posted by Nathan Hollifield on July 24, 2012

“Solitary confinement dehumanizes us all”

Anthony Graves spent 18 years incarcerated and in solitary confinement before he was exonerated for a crime he did not committ. Graves testified yesterday at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights chaired by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL). As... read more»

Posted by Nathan Hollifield on June 20, 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

Take Action! Reform the U.S. Criminal Justice, Support NCJCA

On June 13 Urge Senator Cornyn to Cosponsor the National Criminal Justice Commission Act (S. 306)! The National Criminal Justice Commission Act (NCJCA) is a bill that we have long supported. It will establish a blue-ribbon commission that will study every aspect of the U.S. criminal justice system and make recommended... read more»

Posted by Bill Mefford on June 05, 2012

Michelle Alexander: It’s time to raise the level of consciousness

So many people, of all colors, are simply in the dark about the system of mass incarceration. Michelle Alexander, legal scholar and author of The New Jim Crow speaking to people of faith during the May 14 discussion via conference call, Listen to the 1st part of the conversation.

Posted by Laura Markle Downton on May 31, 2012

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