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Criminal Justice

The number of executions and new capital punishment sentences approached all-time lows in 2019, a report said. The 22 people executed in 2019 are 76 less than the all-time high of 98 in 1999. […] Read More

Rodney Reed was scheduled to be executed on Nov. 20, but protests from celebrities, civil rights activists, lawmakers and the public halted his execution. Churches, meanwhile, were mostly silent. What’s wrong with this picture? […] Read More

Reforming policing practices is essential to addressing mass incarceration in the US, a report says. The arrest rate has seen a staggering increase starting in the late ’90s, with one out of three adults arrested by age 23. […] Read More

Mississippi, which proclaims “In God We Trust” on its license plates, is the most religious state in the US. Such a state should have a prison system that serves as the model for the rest of the nation. Sadly, that’s far from true. […] Read More

The story of the Central Park 5, told on Netflix’s “When They See Us,” isn’t the first time young men were found guilty of a crime they didn’t commit; it won’t be the last. We must tell their stories, no matter how numerous. […] Read More

Even though Scripture tells us to remember the prisoners, the church has washed their hands of that command. How do we turn that around? Here are 7 ways you and your church can begin to remember those in prison. […] Read More

Continuing a multiyear trend, the U.S. prison population declined again in 2017, with nearly 1.5 million in prison, or a drop of 1.2%, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reported. […] Read More

Why should we punish people? The criminal justice system has followed four reasons for incarcerating criminals: deterrence, rehabilitation, retribution and incapacitation. But there’s an often overlooked fifth reason. Restoration. […] Read More

For the first time in Gallup’s polling history, U.S. confidence in the fair application of capital punishment dipped below 50 percent. […] Read More

While solitary confinement in U.S. prisons is less common, 61,000 prisoners were still held in such conditions in the fall of 2017, including more than 4,000 diagnosed with a serious mental illness, a report says. […] Read More