Statistics tell one story. The devastating human cost of crime and incarceration tells another. We are responding to a criminal justice system that has lost its way. The U.S. seems to be more focused on building prisons and weaponizing police forces than investing in education and job creation. We are jailing our mentally ill and drug addicted rather than offering them the basic treatment we would expect and demand for our loved ones.
As a task force we are motivated by the deep conviction that each being is a beloved child of God. We also realize, in the words of justice advocate Bryan Stevenson, that “you can’t understand most of the important things from a distance. You have to get close.”
We, as a task force, are seeking ways to get close to our sisters and brothers who have been caught up in the criminal justice system. And we are looking for fellow travelers. Come join us.
Task Force meetings are held quarterly on the first Sunday of the month from 12:15-1:15 pm in the Conference Room (next to the Assembly Room) of Nassau Presbyterian Church. Upcoming meetings are announced in the worship bulletin.
Learn how you can get involved in and learn more about the urgent issues surrounding our incarceration system.