Legislative Documents, Letters, & Statements

2020-2016

Responses to the Plague of Gun Violence
Bishop Frank J. Dewane, November 11, 2019

Pass the FIRST STEP Act
Ietter 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 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
Ioint 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
Bishop Frank J. Dewane and Sr. Donna Markham write to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary in support of sentencing reform aritical component of comprehensive improvement to the nation's criminal justice system.

Letter to Congress in Support of Second Chance Act Reauthorization Act of 2017
Ioint 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
Ietter 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
Ioint 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 aipartisan 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