Criminal Justice Reform

Articles

February 26, 2020

Successful re-entry into society is one of the most challenging parts of rehabilitation and an area where The Episcopal Church has voiced particular concern. When re-entering their communities, former offenders find themselves needing to reconnect with family and friends, find employment and...

February 20, 2020

This week, the Office of Government Relations Criminal Justice Series will focus on prison conditions, particularly the treatment of and opportunities for those who are incarcerated. Prison sentences can be designed to accomplish many goals, including punishment (penalty for committing a crime...

February 12, 2020

The practice of mandatory minimum sentencing for violent and non-violent offenses was originally established in reaction to the rise in crime rates in the early 1990s. These harsh prison sentences led to a dramatic growth in the number of people incarcerated for violent crimes. Sentencing...

February 5, 2020

For the third week of our educational criminal justice series, we consider an often-overlooked figure who plays a key role for 4 out of 5 individuals in the criminal justice system: the public defender.

Our modern public defender systems find their grounding in...

January 28, 2020

The focus for the second week of our educational criminal justice series is understanding how people encounter the criminal justice system in the first place. In particular, we look at why so many young people are arrested and then incarcerated before they turn 18, and how this information can...

January 21, 2020

The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations invites members of the Episcopal Public Policy Network to learn and engage in conversation with us for the next five weeks to learn more about criminal justice reform. Through five educational posts, this series will provide an opportunity...