Pax Christi USA has joined colleagues in the Faith in Action Criminal Justice Reform Working Group in support of the Smarter Sentencing Act.
Scripture commands “Justice, and only justice shall you pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:20). For too long Congress has ignored the consequences of the harsh sentencing policies it approved during the 1980’s and the disproportionate harm it has caused people of color and those convicted of low-level offenses. The Smarter Sentencing Act is a step towards addressing racial injustice as well as reducing mass incarceration that characterizes our current justice system. We welcome all clergy and faith leaders to join the call to Congress to act justly by supporting the Smarter Sentencing Act.