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Interfaith Criminal Justice

Vision
A criminal justice system that restores our communities to safety, trust, and health and recognizes the humanity of all people involved in the criminal justice system.
Mission
Empower people and communities of all faiths and backgrounds to join in re-aligning criminal justice practices to our shared vision of a truly just society.
Action

  • Promote local action opportunities through groups involved in criminal justice reform.
  • Bring diverse communities together to implement criminal justice goals.
  • Share access to educational media and enlightening speakers regarding operation of the criminal justice system and efforts to make change.
  • Encourage public involvement in the politics of criminal justice reform.
  • Rebuild relations between people returning from confinement and communities and between communities and law enforcement.
  • Demand civil rights for all who are involved in the criminal justice system, especially those alienated or marginalized.
  • Highlight criminal justice policies that reflect racism and that worsen poverty, prejudice, addiction and violence.
  • Support efforts, including allocation of resources, to improve the lives of those who are incarcerated and of people returning from confinement.
  • Prioritize healing of those victimized by criminal or legalized violence through restorative justice.
  • Promote the use of diversion and restorative justice processes.

The Task Force has already appointed an Outreach Committee that will begin to contact other congregations in the Chicago region to join the Task Force.  We intend to be a source of intelligence for member congregations, and to identify resources to increase awareness of the need for reform in criminal justice laws and practices for members of the ICJTF to bring back to their congregations.  We retain the ability to act independently to call attention to needed reforms, without approvals from participating congregations.
The Task Force also agree to co-sponsor a workshop/forum entitled Taking Action For Criminal Justice scheduled for April 22nd at St. Chrysostom Episcopal Church, 1424 N Dearborn, Chicago from 1:00 to 5:00 PM.  A registration form for the event is at  https://goo.gl/forms/QJD0u6vpbLkNMrN32 , more information at http://incarcerationreform.com .  The prior workshops in the series attracted over 100 participants.  John McLees, the principal organizer, has also compiled an extensive catalog of volunteer opportunities at a broad range of organizations to promote justice for defendants, re-entry support, and improvement in prison conditions. 

Meetings
This task force will meet on the 4th Saturday of each month from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at a rotating location. For location, contact Evan Freund (see below)

Evan Freund, Interim Chair
773-624-0333

efreund@chicagobooth.edu