SOURCE: Tim Pearce (Flickr | Creative Commons)

SOURCE: Tim Pearce (Flickr | Creative Commons)

BY ISN STAFFMarch 3, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC – The Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States joined a faith-based call of justice and compassion for those incarcerated in the U.S. justice system.  In a letter to leaders of the House and Senate Judiciary committees, Very Rev. Father Timothy Kesicki, S.J., president of the Jesuit Conference, and over 20 other institutional leaders representing a range of Christian denominations, asked Congressional leaders in both houses to enact legislation that will “restore equity, end excessive punishments, promote alternative to incarceration, encourage rehabilitation and reintegration, and protect the dignity and well-being of everyone impacted by the system.”

Committee leadership includes Senators Grasley (IA) and Leahy (VT) as well as Representatives Goodlatte (VA-6) and Conyers (MI-1).

Other signatories on the letter dated February 27, 2015, included, Eli S. McCarthy, Ph.D., Director of Justice and Peace for the Conference of Major Superiors of Men and Sr. Simone Campbell, S.S.S., executive director of NETWORK.

The full letter can be read here.

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