Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Join the Movement to Reform the Criminal Justice System!

On Thursday, June 18 at 2 pm EST, people of faith from across the country will be taking part in a National Faith and Criminal Justice Reform Conference Call to discuss much-needed reforms in the criminal justice system.

Here are the call-in details:

Phone: 800-920-7487
Code: 76723736.

Our focus for this call will be on specific issues that directly impact the African American community. June 19 is the day we celebrate Juneteenth, which commemorates the final announcement of the end of slavery in the United States.

We will hear a reflection on this historic day and its relation to our current situation with the criminal justice system and strategic programs to reduce what is a disproportionate contact between minority groups and the criminal justice system.

We will also hear legislative updates on the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act and ending the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine. These important pieces of legislation are ready to move and we need your help.

I hope you and members of your faith community will call in Thursday June 18 at 2 pm and be a part of this important call!

In Christ,

Bill Mefford
Director, Civil and Human Rights