Category Archives: criminal justice

National Juvenile Justice Network’s Leadership Institute—Applications Due April 7

Picture somebody in your mind — someone you know — who wants to set the juvenile justice world on fire.  Someone who’s fed up with seeing kids get kicked out of school for minor misbehavior, locked up without due process, … Continue reading

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Service Helps Ex-Offenders Obtain Pardons—Meetings in Philadelphia

From the Pennsylvania Prison Society (http://www.prisonsociety.org): X-Offenders for Community Empowerment has scheduled a series of Pardon Me Clinics that assist ex-offenders who are no longer on probation or parole and who are seeking clemency and a second chance at employment … Continue reading

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New Web Resource Offers Ex-Offender Resources

From the Pennsylvania Prison Society (http://www.prisonsociety.org): The Pennsylvania Prison Society and the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania have announced a new website, the Philadelphia Network of Care for Prisoner Re-Entry, to assist in better managing ex-offenders with behavioral-health issues as … Continue reading

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Urge Our Senators to Support the Smarter Sentencing Act

From the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (http://www.civilrights.org): Take Action: Send a letter to your senators (Casey and Toomey) and urge them to support criminal justice reform and the Smarter Sentencing Act, S. 1410, when it comes up … Continue reading

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Prison Break: Breaking the Cycle of Prison with a Second Chance

Posted at http://justicemercyblog.com/prison-break-breaking-the-cycle-of-prison-with-a-second-chance/ For years, Justice and Mercy has advocated for policy reform in Pennsylvania which will help create second chances for those convicted of crime and that will create a justice system that incorporates mercy, restoration and rehabilitation.  We … Continue reading

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Eliminate all Predatory Prison Phone Rates

Last year you helped persuade the Federal Communications Commission to end predatory rates for long-distance calls to and from prisons, jails, and detention centers. Thanks to your work, after February 11 families cannot be charged more than 25 cents per … Continue reading

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The Beginning of an End to Sanction-Driven Education?

By Jeff Bryant “Last week, the Obama administration took an important step for the well being of the nation’s youth – especially those who are of racial minorities – by issuing new guidelines that many hope will shut down what … Continue reading

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Justice & Mercy Mentor Training Program—January 9-February 26, Lancaster

From Justice and Mercy (http://www.justicemercy.org): We are nearing our first scheduled mentor training program for 2014. The program begins on Wednesday, January 8th at 6:30pm at Lancaster Bible College. The program is 8 weeks long and graduates will be placed with mentees on … Continue reading

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Public Safety Enhancement Act

From the Sentencing Project (http://www.sentencingproject.org): Congressmen Jason Chaffetz (R-VT)  and Bobby Scott (D-VA) recently introduced the Public Safety Enhancement Act, H.R. 2656 (https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr2656), to help address the soaring costs of the nation’s federal prison system. This bipartisan legislation would use … Continue reading

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Smarter Sentencing Act

From the Sentencing Project (http://www.sentencingproject.org): Earlier this year, Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Smarter Sentencing Act, S. 1410 (https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s1410), to modernize U.S. drug sentencing polices by giving federal judges flexibility in sentencing … Continue reading

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