Resources on Criminal Justice

Resources on Criminal Justice

New Resources

Our Faith & the Criminal Justice System: 2015 A year of Action and Advocacy

Download our 1-page resources on criminal justice for use in your congregation:

“When I was in prison….”: Our Faith and the Criminal Justice System
A primer by Sandy Sorensen, Director of our UCC Washington Office. In it she looks at our criminal justice system, our call to stand with those in prison, and the momentum building for change.

UCC Historic Policy Base

The General Synod of the United Church of Christ has established a policy base calling for reformation of the nation's justice system, with specific attention to promoting training and rehabilitation of inmates; reduction in mass incarceration, especially through alternative sentencing; attending to race and class bias in arrests and sentencing; opposing excessive bail; opposing the growth of the prison industrial complex; and calling for increased public awareness of prison conditions. Here is just some of the policies resulting in our historic witness for criminal justice:


American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Capital Punishment Project.  1333 H Street, NW, 10th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20005

Amnesty International, 5 Penn Plaza, 14th Floor, New York, NY  10001.

Bill of Rights Defense Committee

Center for Constitutional Rights

Culhane et al, Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice

Human Rights Watch, 350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor, New York, NY 10118-3299.

The Sentencing Project, 918 F Street NW, Suite 501, Washington, DC 20004

Articles and Books

Aos et al, Correctional Industries Programs for Adult Offenders in Prison: Estimates of Benefits and Costs, 2001, Washington State Institute for Public Policy

Ginger, Ann Fagan, ed. (2005).  Challenging U.S. Human Rights Violations Since 9/11. Prometheus Books. 

Handbook of Texas Online: Black Codes

Ludovic Blain, AlterNet, April 16, 2004

National Institute for Literacy, "State Correctional Education Programs," March 2002

National Institute of Justice, Sentencing and Corrections 9, November 2000

Ostreicher, J, "When Prisoners Come Home," Gotham Gazette, January 1, 2003

United Nations, Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Available at

The Urban Institute, content/PolicyCenters/ Justice/Projects/PrisonerReentry/

U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics,  Prison and Jail Inmates at Midyear 2004; Probation and Parole in the United States 2003; Women in Prison.  Send comments and questions to

Western Prison Project, Justice Matters, Winter 2003

Contact Info

Annie Congress
Administrative Assistant, Justice & Witness Ministries
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115

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