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Racial Healing in America: Trump Must Champion Criminal Justice Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In light of the unjust murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, Executive Director Timothy Head wrote the following op-ed in Charisma News on the need for racial reconciliation and justice reform in the United States.

The Bible clearly teaches that we have a sacred duty to advocate for the vulnerable and defend the weak. In America today, that means taking up the fight to end racialized violence and enact criminal justice reform.

The United States has a history of bad criminal justice policy. For decades, policymakers and political leaders have conflated criminal justice with mass incarceration. To protect peace, uphold the law and preserve order, we’ve built a system of “tough on crime” policing, aggressive overcriminalization and mandatory minimum sentences. We’ve treated imprisonment as the universal solution for any and all criminal behavior. And at the same time, we’ve built a prison system that does almost nothing to rehabilitate and reform criminals.

In the face of mass incarceration and a racialized criminal justice system, we need Americans of every race and creed to stand up for the biblical admonition found in Proverbs 31:8-9, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

Read the full op-ed in Charisma News.

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