Did you know that the United States now leads the world in incarcerations with 2.3 million people currently in the nation’s prisons? A recent issue of Response Magazine (February 2011) states that there has been a 500 percent increase in our prison population in the last 30 years. Much of that is due to the “War on Drugs” that has given out prison sentences instead of drug treatment programs.
The United Methodist Women are partnering with the “Sentencing Project” (www.sentencingproject.org) to call for restorative justice on local, state and federal levels. There are many ways that we as a nation work together to enable prison reform. We can also work with families of incarcerated people as many of the children of those in prison are at-risk on so many levels.
What can you and your church do to make a difference? You can write a letter, tutor a child, provide gifts, teach a Bible Study, provide after-care, speak in favor of reform, get to know a family that has a loved one incarcerated and provide transportation, postage, food….the possibilities are endless.