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In a letter to the U.S. Senate's Judiciary Committee leadership, Bishop Frank J. Dewane, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and Sister Donna Markham, O.P., Ph.D., President & CEO of Catholic Charities USA, expressed hopefulness as the committee considers the FIRST STEP Act, bipartisan legislation that focuses on prison operations and reentry policies. It would offer incentives for inmates to go through counseling, substance abuse programs, and vocational training before reentering society.
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University of Scranton student puts messages of restorative justice into action after 2015 Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice.
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The letter echoes the challenge Pope Francis laid before Congress in 2015 when he affirmed, “Our efforts must aim at restoring hope, righting wrongs, maintaining commitments, and thus promoting the well-being of individuals and of peoples."