Mass Incarceration Task Force

Statistics tell one story. The devastating human cost of crime and incarceration tells another. We are not being “soft” on crime. We are being hard on a criminal justice system that has lost its way. The U.S. is 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 — no matter how damaged or broken — 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.

We generally meet on the second Sunday of the month (October to May) at 12:15-1:15PM in the Conference Room; our remaining dates for this program year are March 11 and May 6. In February, please join us in the Assembly Room at 9:15AM each Sunday morning for a variety of Adult Education classes focusing on Mass Incarceration. In April our group will staff a table during Communiversity on 4/29. Come and learn more, or get in touch with us by phone or email.

General Information:
Mary Beth Charters, co-chair (609-937-6318,
Jonathan Shenk, co-chair (609-314-6953,

Mentoring Initiative:
Bill Wakefield (

Pen Pal Initiative:
Marcia vanDyck (

Tutoring Initiative:
Lynne Seidel (

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