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Voices Crying Out: Comfort and Transformation in an Age of Mass Incarceration
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 9:32am | Type: Blog

There is no doubt that many in our nation’s prison have committed crimes, just as the ancient people of Judah did according to Isaiah 1. There is also no doubt that we need a system of incarceration that separ ...

Justice Roberts Asks If The Case of The Muslim Prisoner’s Beard Is Too Easy
Originally Posted: 10/08/2014 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

In some ways, the case of the Muslim prisoner who wants to grow a beard seems easy. When it comes to a prisoner’s religious rights, federal laws favors accommodation when possible. ...

The Biblical Case Against the Death Penalty, From a Former Supporter
Originally Posted: 08/07/2014 - 8:57am | Type: Blog

Because I spent the majority of my life being in favor of capital punishment I know the arguments. I know the reasoning, and I understand the Scriptures used to support that view. ... the arguments for an alte ...

Supreme Court Rejects Asylum Bid for German Home-schooling Family
Originally Posted: 03/04/2014 - 11:54am | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from a family seeking asylum in the United States because home schooling is not allowed in their native Germany. The Supreme ...

84-year-old Nun Gets 35 Months for Breaking into Nuclear Facility
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 2:01pm | Type: Blog

An 84-year-old nun was sentenced to nearly three years in prison on Tuesday for breaking into a Tennessee nuclear facility in July 2012. An 84-year-old nun was sentenced to nearly ...

5 Reasons Why Jesus People Ought Oppose The Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 02/05/2014 - 2:27pm | Type: Blog

When I decided to follow Jesus instead of simply being a Christian who paid him hollow worship while conveniently ignoring the red words, I was forced to abandon my support of the death penalty (and abandon my ...

Books Project Helps Atheists Make the Case For Unbelief Behind Bars
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

Leslie Zukor was a 19-year-old student at Reed College studying prison rehabilitation programs when something jumped out at her. Leslie Zukor was a 19-year-old student at Reed Col ...

Tales of the Disobedient
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 4:40pm | Type: Magazine Article

Patrick O'Neill Crossing the Line: Nonviolent Resisters Speak Out for Peace. Cascade Books SHORTLY AFTER ...

Showing Deference to the Rich: 'Affluenza' and 'The House I Live In'
Originally Posted: 12/18/2013 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

I know that God is the only truly just judge. I know that these tales of injustice in the criminal justice system will always be with us. Which is why I’m grateful to the ones who tell the stories, and why I u ...

Remembering Our True Source of Joy
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 1:52pm | Type: Blog

Amidst the sadness and injustice of the world, we need to remember that in all things, Jesus is our source of joy. As we prepare for the coming of Christ, the third Sunday of adve ...

Faith Leaders Protest Race In Sentencing
Originally Posted: 11/22/2013 - 4:13pm | Type: Press

November 21, 2013 Sojo in the News Bob Allen ...

A New Hymn for Lamenting the Death Penalty for Christ the King
Originally Posted: 11/15/2013 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

A hymn lifts from biblical teachings for Christians to care for those in prison and crime victims, oppose the death penalty and work for justice for all. Luke’s story of Jesus’ dy ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 9:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter A blog by David Hilfiker / Sing to the Moon by Laure Mvula / High Rise Stories:Voices from Chicago Public Houses by Audrey P ...

Education as an Exercise in Dominion
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 12:32pm | Type: Blog

Poorer communities — mostly black and Latino — have schools without books and fewer qualified teachers while richer communities — mostly white — have Olympic-sized swimming pools, AP and college-credit course ...

When We Are More Interested in Evangelical Infighting Than Serious Issues of Justice
Originally Posted: 08/05/2013 - 3:21pm | Type: Blog

Maybe it’s because the ACLU and Prison Fellowship and Virginia’s conservative Family Foundation all AGREE that this shackling has to stop that there’s no real story of partisan mudslinging, where the conservat ...

Gaza: The Persistent Paradox
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan Rodrick Beiler Gaza, a land at once ugly and impoverished—and beautiful and rich. IN "SILENCE FOR G ...

Untying the Hands of Justice
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 9:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Molly M. Gill Mandatory minimum sentences are both irrational and unjust. THE UNITED STATES has more than 2.3 ...

AUDIO: A New Way of Life and the New Underground Railroad
Originally Posted: 11/11/2013 - 5:01pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A radio documentary with Susan Burton, Michelle Alexander, and five residents of A New Way of Life Reentry Project. ...

VIDEO: Beyond Bars
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Does mass incarceration serve the common good? Susan Burton speaks out. I first learned about S ...

Five Questions for Susan Burton
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 12:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Dawn Araujo Susan Burton, founder of A New Way of Life Reentry Project Bio: Founder of A New Way of Life ...

COMMENTARY: A Hunger Strike to Close Guantanamo
Originally Posted: 05/20/2013 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

CLAREMONT, Calif. — Last Sunday, Timothy Murphy began a fast of solidarity with the Guantanamo inmates who are on a hunger strike to protest their indefinite detention. As one of our Ph.D. students and an orda ...

WATCH: Would Putting Me in Prison Serve the Common Good?
Originally Posted: 05/09/2013 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world — about 1.6 million people in 2010. Mass incarceration in our country is a problem, one that too often serves to line the pockets of for-profit ...

'But Why?'
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 9:54am | Type: Magazine Article

Karen Houppert Chasing Gideon. The New Press. TODAY, Greg Bright, 56, sits on the cement porch of his yellow ...

Inside Job
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 10:01am | Type: Magazine Article

Viridiana Martinez A young immigration activist goes behind bars--on purpose--to shed light on Obama's deportation policies. ...

Visiting Jesus in Jail
Originally Posted: 10/11/2012 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

It’s not just innocent prisoners we are to see; it’s prisoners. They are all Jesus. As a public defender in one of the biggest, busiest court systems in the country — Cook County, ...

BREAKING: Sandusky Sentenced to at Least 30 Years
Originally Posted: 10/09/2012 - 9:33am | Type: Blog

Former Penn State Football Coach Jerry Sandusky has been sentenced to no fewer than 30 years in prison, and up to 60 years. Former Penn State Football Coach Jerry Sandusky has be ...

Canada Cuts All Non-Christian Prison Chaplains
Originally Posted: 10/08/2012 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

The Canadian government is canceling the contracts of all non-Christian chaplains at federal prisons. TORONTO — The Canadian government is canceling the contracts of all non-Chr ...

Murals and a Great Divide
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 3:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Anne Marie Roderick Concrete, Steel, and Paint, directed by Cindy Burstein and Tony Heriza THOSE OF US who ar ...

Is Solitary Confinement a Moral Punishment? (VIDEO)
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

Last month, the U.S. Senate held its first hearing ever on the issue of solitary confinement in prisons. To draw attention to the issue, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture urged Americans to fast ...

Groundbreaking Report: Exonerees Served More than 10,000 Years in Prison for Crimes They Didn't Commit
Originally Posted: 05/21/2012 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

A report issued by the National Registry of Exonerations documents nearly 900 individual cases of exoneration. Combined, these (mostly) men and women served more than 10,000 years in prison for crimes they did ...

The Naked Rabbi and Dr. King: 50 Years Later, A Freedom Rider Tells His Story
Originally Posted: 01/13/2012 - 3:11pm | Type: Blog

Fifty years ago, not long after his graduation from Brandeis University, Rabbi Allen Secher became a Freedom Rider, joining Dr. Martin Luther King's historic fight for equality in the South. In Albany, Ge ...

The Afternoon News: Friday Nov. 11, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/11/2011 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

An afternoon round up of news related to Sojourners commitments to social justice and the poor. A (usually) twice-daily round up of news related to Sojouners commitments to ...

Crime, Forgiveness and Retributive Justice: A God's Politics Interview with Naseem Rakha
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

An eye for an eye, a life for a life. This is one way -- based, some argue, in scripture and biblical ethics -- that proponents of capital punishment justify the death penalty. ...

Farewell to Fred Shuttlesworth, Civil Rights Hero
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, a pioneer and giant of the civil rights movement, died Wednesday at 89. The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, a pioneer and giant of the civil rights m ...

The Hard Cases
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

The same evening as Troy Davis was killed by the state of Georgia, Lawrence Brewer was killed by the state of Texas. The same evening as Troy Davis was killed by the state o ...

Voices from the Web (and World): Responses to the Troy Davis Execution
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

"Continuing a cycle of violence through state-sanctioned actions does not bring justice but only creates a culture of death and retribution. " Continuing a cycle of vi ...

BREAKING NEWS: U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Stay the Execution of Troy Davis
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

UPDATE: 10:23 p.m. From Reuters and the Associated Press: U.S. SUPREME COURT REJECTS STAY OF EXECUTION FOR GEORGIA DEATH ROW INMATE IN HIGH-PROFILE CASE From Huffington Post: "DENIED" ...

A Call to Civil Disobedience Against the Keystone Pipeline
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Environmental activist Tim DeChristopher was sentenced recently to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine for disrupting a federal oil and gas lease auction in 2008 that was later deemed illegal. ...

Where Has All the Sanity Gone?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Where has all the sanity gone? I, for one, never expected in my wildest dreams to pine for the days of Ronald Reagan. But I'm there. Where has all the sanity gone? I, for ...

Who is Organizing the California Prison Hunger Strike?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2009 Amanda Slater | more info (via: Wylio)On the first day of this month, inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison, joined by inmates in other prisons around the state, began a hunger strike ...

Good Intentions Gone Bad
Originally Posted: 07/26/2011 - 3:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lauren F. Winner Lauren F. Winner reviews The Furnace of Affliction: Prison and Religion in Antebellum America, by Jennifer Graber. UNC P ...

Navy Honors and Discredits C
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

No one delivers sad irony quite like the United States Military. Yesterday the U.S. No one delivers sad irony quite like the United States Military. Yesterday the U.S. Navy announ ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Taliban Prisoners. National Security Shakeup. Military Spending.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate ou ...

I know that Jesus is the Answer, But What Does That Mean?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Is the gospel about Jesus rescuing us from hell and transporting us to heaven Is the gospel about Jesus rescuing us from hell and transporting us to heaven Actually, I don ...

Lessons From Behind Bars
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

In 2010, Hope House DC received a grant from the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. to support participation in the National Endowment for the Arts' Big Read project. In ...

Should Egyptians Trust Their Military?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Throughout the coverage of the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/egypt/" target="_blank">uprising in Egypt</a>, we've been repeatedly told that Egyptians trust their milita ...

Human Beings Matter More Than Analogies
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Last week, I joined a conservative talk show in Cincinnati to talk about <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/11/30/pray-for-bernard-pray-for-the-dream/" target="_blank">Bernard Pastor& ...

This Veterans Day, Honor the Consciences of Our Veterans
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Today, on Armistice Day, 18 American military vets will commit suicide. Today, on Armistice Day, 18 American military vets will commit suicide. This weekend, military veterans are ...

The Plowshares 8: Thirty Years On
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

While imprisoned after his 1967 <a href="http://www.jonahhouse.org/pics67-73.htm">Baltimore 4 action</a>, Philip Berrigan, in his <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/produ ...

Humanizing the Prison System
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

"I hate civilians," Warden Clooney barked into the microphone. "I hate civilians," Warden Clooney barked into the microphone. With these words, David Chura thr ...