Catching Stones | August 09, 2017
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Lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.

—Ephesians 4:1-6, NRSV


Policing the Black Man

Policing the Black Man is a powerful collection of essays exploring and critiquing the many ways the criminal justice system affects the lives of African American boys and men at every stage of the criminal process, from arrest through sentencing.


Restorative Practices to Resolve Conflict

Katy Hutchison became a restorative justice advocate following the murder of her first husband. In this Tedx Talk, she shares her story about how restorative justice has changed her life.


Omar Khadr, The King’s University, and Micah 6:8

In a new blog post on Do Justice, Prof. Roy Berkenbosch writes about The King’s University’s work with Omar Khadr, an Afghan Canadian who was incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay for 10 years and recently received an apology and settlement from the Canadian government. Read the full blog post.


New Podcast: Ear Hustle

Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams, who are currently incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison in California, teamed up with a local artist to create a new podcast called Ear Hustle. The show uses the storytelling skills of persons in prison to show what it’s like to live behind bars. To subscribe, click here. To read more about the podcast, click here.


2017 National Restorative Justice Symposium

The Church Council on Justice and Corrections is cohosting the 2017 National Restorative Justice Symposium that’s happening in Ottawa, Ont., this fall. Mark your calendars for Nov. 19-21! This year’s theme is “Global Innovation, Local (R)evolution.” You won't want to miss it. Find out more information here.


Canadian Senate Committee to Start 2-Year Study on Prison Conditions

"We don't want an American-style system in this country, which means more prisons, and I think our attitudes need to change." In Canada, a Senate committee is touring prisons across the country and in other parts of the world as part of a two-year probe into the human rights of inmates.


U.S. Federal Bipartisan Prison Reform Introduced

On July 24 the Prison Reform and Redemption Act (H.R. 3356) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY). This bill expands meaningful education and vocational programs in prisons and provides incentives to prisoners who complete the relevant programming. The bill would also improve the Bureau of Prisons’ compassionate release program. Sign up for our action alerts to get updates and opportunities to advocate!

U.S. Justice Is Not for Sale Act

Last month Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ, 3rd District) reintroduced the Justice Is Not for Sale Act, a bill that bans private prisons, private detention centers, and private transportation; ends family detention; and removes Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s (ICE) daily quota to fill 34,000 beds with detainees. Sign up for our action alerts to stay updated!