Happening Now

Statement of USCCB on Shootings in Buffalo and Laguna Woods
May 16, 2022

Letter to U.S. Senate Regarding Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, and Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, March 9, 2022

Letters and Statements on Criminal and Restorative Justice

2021-2016

Bishop Chairmen Call for Better Police Formation and Accountability
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, June, 24, 2020

Statement of U.S. Bishop Chairmen in Wake of Death of George Floyd and National Protests
Bishop Shelton J. Fabre, Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop David G. O’Connell, Bishop Joseph N. Perry
May 29, 2020 

Pass the FIRST STEP Act
In a November 20, 2018 letter to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Bishop Frank J. Dewane joins with the President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA and the President of the National Council of the U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul write to urge passage of the FIRST Step Act and in so doing improve the lives of people impacted by the federal criminal justice system.

Letter Discussing FIRST STEP Act
In an August 6, 2018 letter to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Bishop Frank J. Dewane and Sr. Donna Markham share an analysis of the FIRST STEP Act and express their encouragement in its efforts to improve upon the criminal justice system.

Joint Letter to Congress in Support of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017
On March 26, 2018, Bishop Frank J. Dewane and Sr. Donna Markham write to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary in support of sentencing reform as a component of comprehensive improvement to the nation's criminal justice system.

Letter to Congress in Support of Second Chance Act Reauthorization Act of 2017
In an October 16, 2017 letter with Catholic Charities USA, Bishop Frank J. Dewane and Sr. Donna Markham write to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary to express support for the Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2017.

Letter to Congress Urging Support for the Second Chance Act
In a January 11, 2016 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.

2014-2000

Letter to Congress Regarding Sentencing Reform Act of 2015
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski and Sr. Donna Markham, November 16, 2015

Letter to U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Regarding the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski and Sr. Donna Markham, October 19, 2015 

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

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

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 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

Letters and Statements on Violence