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Human Rights. Stop mass incarceration in our nation

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    1. Petition by

      Lighthouse Covenant International

America faces a crisis of the soul- the impact of crime and incarceration on our nation’s institutions, communities and families. The criminal justice system consists of so many disparate components that it is easy to lose sight of the big picture. In the confusion, with the lives and well being of millions of citizens at risk, we are building a culture that threatens our deepest sense of humanity. What do we hope to achieve through this $70-billion plus a year operation? What does it say about our approach when we commit billions of “Second Chances” dollars to addressing obstacles created or exacerbated by the penal system while virtually ignoring the conditions that lead to criminal behavior? Under constant pressure from diverse interests, the criminal justice system has been tugged to and fro to accommodate the vain search for quick fixes by politicians, the emotions of crime victims, and the self-interest of vendors and suppliers (as factions endeavor to operate this system as a big business). What we have is a justice system built on legal technicalities that gives short shrift to the fundamental concept of fairness, and the plight of persons affected by the system.

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    1. Reached 25 signatures
    2. Senator Greenleaf's bill 100 on Prison Reform has passed the house unanimou

      This is a great start, but we have to keep the pressure on our elected officials.

    3. Reforming Our Criminal Justice System

      The article below tells us why we can't give up the fight to bring a national attention to this crises. We must pass this petition to our friends and families.

    4. Thanks for the support, but we are still off, encourage other also.

      Please read the article below, and find out why this is a crises

    5. Reached 10 signatures

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    • Conchita Bradley PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm signing this petition because I would like to be part of the solution and to support those who are trying to make in roads to this growing problem.

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    • Crystal Hatton PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      This is a VERY significant issue. How can we expect prisoners to become productive members of society after they are released, when the system is designed for them to continue making the same bad choices, and then end right back in prison? Everyone deserves the opportunity to learn how correct their mistakes, but it starts with us to implement change!

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    • Apostle Fred Brown Jr ANTIOCH, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      What has changed since the collapse of Jim Crow has less to do with the basic structure of our society than with the language we use to justify it. In the era of colorblindness, it is no longer socially permissible to use race, explicitly, as a justification for discrimination, exclusion, and social contempt. So we don’t. Rather than rely on race, we use our criminal justice system to label people of color “criminals” and then engage in all the practices we supposedly left behind. Today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans. Once you’re labeled a felon, the old forms of discrimination—employment discrimination, housing discrimination, denial of the right to vote, denial of educational opportunity, denial of food stamps and other public benefits, and exclusion from jury ser vice—are suddenly legal. As a criminal, you have scarcely more rights, and arguably less respect, than a black man living in Alabama at the height of Jim Crow. We have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it. " Michelle Alexander"

      We must eliminate the spirit of this New Crow to promote freedom for all people of color without exception.

      Apostle Fred Brown Jr.

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    • walter welch PHILADELPHILA, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      because i was incarcerated

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      • over 2 years ago

      Every human being has a right to have their problems solved, for every problem there is a humane solution, can't we use it. Why can't we find out the reason for the problems these people have to make them feel they have to do wrong, and solve it so they can do right.

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