Criminal Justice Reform

The U.S. currently has the highest incarceration rate in the world, with an overwhelming number of convictions for nonviolent crimes. A central belief of the Jewish tradition is the ability for repentance and acceptance back into society. As a result, we seek a criminal justice system that honors rehabilitation and creates pathways for repentance.

 

  • Between 1980 and 2015, the number of people incarcerated in America increased from roughly 500,000 to over 2.2 million. (Source: NAACP)
  • In 2014, African Americans constituted 2.3 million, or 34%, of the total 6.8 million correctional population. African Americans are incarcerated at more than 5 times the rate of white individuals. (Source: NAACP)
  • A criminal record can reduce the likelihood of a callback or job offer by nearly 50 percent. (Source: NAACP)

Connections: Jewish Sources

Forgive the iniquity of the people according to the greatness of Your compassion. And continue to forgive them as you have forgiven them since Egypt. — Numbers 14:19

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