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Criminal Justice - Restorative Justice

 

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Letter to Congress Urging Support for the Second Chance Act
In a letter to the House Judiciary Committee, the Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski and Sr. Donna Markham urge support for the Second Chance Act siting that the legislation is an important step in addressing issues facing formerly incarcerated individuals reentering society.  The legislation would support programs proven to reduce recidivism.

Letter to Congress Regarding Sentencing Reform Act of 2015
In a joint letter, the Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski and Sr. Donna Markham, President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, write to the House Committee on the Judiciary to express support of the Sentencing Reform Act of 2015 and to urge the cosponsors to remain committed to addressing broader criminal justice reform through legislation which provides programming for incarcerated individuals as well as assistance for them in transitioning back into their communities.

Joint Letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee Regarding the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015
The Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski and Sr. Donna Markham write in support of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 (S.2123) and welcome it as a bipartisan first step towards reforming our nation's broken criminal justice system.

Background on Criminal and Restorative Justice and Sentencing Reform
U.S. Bishops call for reform of the criminal justice system to promote the common good, help restore a sense of community, promote rehabilitation and resist the violence that too often en-gulfs much of our culture.

"We are still a long way from the time when our conscience can be certain of having done everything possible to prevent crime and to control it effectively so that it no longer does harm and, at the same time, to offer to those who commit crimes a way of redeeming themselves and making a positive return to society. If all those in some way involved in the problem tried to . . . develop this line of thought, perhaps humanity as a whole could take a great step forward in creating a more serene and peaceful society."  —Pope John Paul II, July 9, 2000

LEGISLATIVE DOCUMENTS, LETTERS, & STATEMENTS

Letter to Congress Urging Support for the Second Chance Act
In a letter to the House Judiciary Committee, the Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski and Sr. Donna Markham urge support for the Second Chance Act siting that the legislation is an important step in addressing issues facing formerly incarcerated individuals reentering society.  The legislation would support programs proven to reduce recidivism.

Letter to Congress Regarding Sentencing Reform Act of 2015
In a joint letter, the Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski and Sr. Donna Markham, President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, write to the House Committee on the Judiciary to express support of the Sentencing Reform Act of 2015 and to urge the cosponsors to remain committed to addressing broader criminal justice reform through legislation which provides programming for incarcerated individuals as well as assistance for them in transitioning back into their communities.

Joint Letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee Regarding the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015
The Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski and Sr. Donna Markham write in support of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 (S.2123) and welcome it as a bipartisan first step towards reforming our nation's broken criminal justice system.

Testimony Concerning Criminal Justice Reform 
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Charities USA, and The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, July 14, 2015

USCCB Chairmen Call for Recomittment to Bishop's Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski and Cardinal Seán O'Malley, July 16, 2015

Letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee Regarding the Second Chance Act
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski and Sr. Donna Markham, July 8, 2015

Letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee Regarding the Smarter Sentencing Act of 2015
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski and Sr. Donna Markham, April 14, 2015

Letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee Regarding the CORRECTIONS Act, S. 467
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski and Sr. Donna Markham, April 14, 2015

News Release:  Cardinal O’Malley and Archbishop Wenski Welcome Supreme Court Decision To Review Protocols for Use of Lethal Injection
January 27, 2015

Catholic Leaders Call on U.S. Sentencing Commission to Fix Broken Sentencing Guidelines
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski and Rev. Larry Snyder, July 7, 2014

Letter to Senate from USCCB and Catholic Charities USA on Smarter Sentencing Act
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski and Rev. Larry Snyder, March 27, 2014

Letter to Senate and House Judiciary Committees on Second Chance Act
Archbishop Thomas G.. Wenski and Rev. Larry Snyder, March 4, 2014

Letter to Senate Leadership on Gun Violence Legislation
Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, April 18, 2013

Letter to Senate on Gun Violence
Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, April 8, 2013

USCCB Senate Testimony on Reducing Gun Violence
February 12, 2013

Letter to House on Second Chance Act of 2007
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and Rev. Larry Snyder, April 18, 2007

Letter to House Judiciary Committee on the Second Chance Act of 2005
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, July 26, 2006

Joint Letter to House Judiciary Committee on Prisoner Re-entry Bill
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and Rev. Larry Snyder
, April 29, 2005

Archived Documents

PRIMERS, BACKGROUNDERS, AND EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS

Background:  A Mercy and Peacebuilding Approach to Gun Violence
January 2016

Background on Criminal Justice and Restorative Justice and Sentencing Reform
January 2016

Background on Confronting Armed Violence and Promoting Peace
February 2013

Background on Assault Weapons
February 2005

Archived Documents



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