Criminal Justice


September 29, 2005

The congregation is small. There are about 42 communicants, and between 15 and 20 show up on any given Sunday night for Eucharist.

"In that respect, it's very much like any other parish in the Episcopal Church," says the Rev. James Tramel, who ministers to the congregation.


August 22, 2005

Calling on all dioceses and denominations to help confront the crises in the criminal justice system, the Rev. Jacqueline A. Means, the Episcopal Church's criminal justice officer and director of prison ministry, has said that "the challenge ... is enormous."

Attending the American...

May 11, 2005

U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Members of Congress:

On behalf of the Episcopal Church, USA we write to urge your opposition to H.R. 1279, the Gang Deterrence and Community Protection Act of 2005, legislation that includes a number of provisions that...

April 30, 2005

Haunted by the fact that 900 Alaskans are imprisoned in Arizona, the Diocese of Alaska sponsored a contingent of inmates’ family members to visit Arizona recently. Ten Alaskans made the journey with hope, trepidation and cartons of moose meat, salmon strips and muktuk.

“I will forever...

December 20, 2004

20 December 2004

Mr. Hu JintaoPresident of the People's Republic of Chinac/o Ministry of Justice1 Huajiadija, ChaoyangquBejingshiPeople’s Republic of China

Via Fax: + 86 10 647 298 63

Dear President Hu Jintao,

As leaders of organizations committed to...

October 4, 2004

Several important domestic policy issues were considered last week in the House and Senate. Here is a short update on the recent legislative action and opportunities for you to be involved in the remaining days of the 108th Congress.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) (Click...

July 18, 2004

In an abrupt move, supporters of hate crimes legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives have announced that they will push for a vote on H.R. 4204, the Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act (LLEEA)—formerly known as the Hate Crimes Prevention Act—as an amendment to the Department of...

June 16, 2004

In a surprise 65-33 vote, the U.S. Senate passed legislation in June that would extend the Federal hate crimes law to include hate crimes based on actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender and disability, according to the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations. The law currently...

May 31, 2004

I AM A PRISONER. If you look me up on the Oklahoma Department of Corrections website, all you’ll need is my number: 150656. Nothing else matters.

What does matter to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections and to other like-minded prison bureaus such as the one in Texas is that I don’t...

March 2, 2004

ISSUE In 1994, as part of the historic Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, President Bill Clinton signed legislation to prohibit the manufacture and sale of specific military-style assault weapons, and weapons with certain combinations of features designed for military use. The law...