Justice Not Jails Gathering Goes Deep on Strategy

holman eventThe diverse group of 125 leaders who gathered Saturday under the Justice Not Jails banner at Holman United Methodist Church  are resolved to be about doing and not merely talking. Presenters covered a lot of ground–from the theology of restorative justice to the common threads of racism underlying mass incarceration and immigrant detention to the reasons why LA County is doing such a relatively poor job of implementing AB 109 Realignment. But the conferees really took the lead in the breakout groups, seeking practical means of making a difference.  Rev. Cecil “Chip” Murray captured the meeting’s spirit in a beautiful benediction inviting God to lift up our countenances to give us the energy to lift up and embrace those so cruelly abused by today’s broken criminal justice system.
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  1. The system is broken. Minorities receive harsher sentences and longer terms.
    When released from being incarcerated ,this same population has greater difficulties in securing suitable employment and housing. They are set up to fail, the system is counting on it with recidivism rates of 70%, clearly a failure. Resources and money evaporate long before it reaches those with the greatest need. Programs formulated from outside the community rarely achieve their goals due to lack of stakholder input and buy in.