Justice Not Jails is a multi-year campaign designed to aggregate and enhance the faith community’s involvement in working against racialized mass incarceration in California.
Justice Not Jails is an interfaith project originated by Progressive Christians Uniting. PCU continues to serve as the administrative center for the project.
The co-conveners of Justice Not Jails are Rev. John Cager of Ward AME in Los Angeles and Rev. Kelvin Sauls of Holman United Methodist Church.
What We Do
We provide coordinated leadership and points of entry for religious communities on shared issues of concern in the criminal justice arena.
We provide training in public policy advocacy for faith leaders (both clergy and lay leaders) who wish to become effective advocates on issues related to incarceration and re-entry.
We supply needed theological grounding for faith community engagement at the intersection of incarceration and race.
We help shape and support effective messaging for faith communities at this same intersection of incarceration and race.
We help people of faith in re-thinking the criminalization of drug use and drug users.
And we cultivate and support congregations that wish to identify themselves as Beyond Bars congregations: i.e., congregations that integrate support for incarcerated people and their family members and for re-entering citizens into their overall public ministry.
How To Get Involved
Send us an email on your area of interest or area of expertise. We’ll get back in touch to try to link you to others. Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org. We will not abuse or share your contact information. You can also phone us: 213-625-0149.
Rev. Peter Laarman
Rev. Peter Laarman is volunteer project coordinator for Justice Not Jails. Until the end of last year he was the executive director of Progressive Christians Uniting, a network of activist individuals and congregations headquartered in Los Angeles. He served as the senior minister of New York’s Judson Memorial Church from 1994 to 2004. Ordained in the United Church of Christ, Peter spent 15 years as a labor movement strategist and communications specialist prior to training for ministry.
Sadie Mizisin-Cullumber is the Beyond Bars Organizer for Justice Not Jails, focusing on partnering with Southern California churches as they work to discern their call to support individuals seeking to re-enter society after incarceration. Sadie is a graduate of UCSD and Claremont School of Theology, where she received her Master of Divinity. Working with young people and their families in crisis gave Sadie a unique opportunity to recognize the important work that allies can and must do if we are to see systemic change that benefits those who are oppressed. Contact Sadie Mizisin-Cullumber by email.
Dick & Sharon
Sharon Kyle and Dick Price serve as Justice Not Jails Consultants. As a husband and wife team, Sharon and Dick publish several print and online newsletters on political and social justice issues. Sharon serves as Publisher for Dick & Sharon’s LA Progressive and Dick serves as Editor. They maintain and update the Justice Not Jails website and publish its weekly e-letter.