“FOR WE ALL HAVE IN OUR POSSESSION THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION, WHICH ITSELF IS A SACRED TRUST”
WE HAVE THE SACRED TRUST.
We have the sacred trust to ensure that our justice system restores persons impacted by crime. We want you to join us in expanding the value of those victimized by crime and delivering transformational life value to those responsible for the crime. We do this together by ensuring that neither the victims or those incarcerated are neglected. We need Christian values to infiltrate communities and our justice system:
You can help by:
- Teach forgiveness and redemption at all cost, because this aids both the victim and the person who was violated.
- Begin support groups for people directly impacted by a crime and utilize persons who have learned to forgive to share their testimony.
- Get to know your lawmakers, by attending community meetings and forums.
- Develop a relationship with your lawmakers.
- Start a campaign about restorative justice through letter writing to editors.
- Host community group meetings and invite families directly impacted by the Justice System and some of its adverse statues that inhibit people from rebuilding their lives.
- Volunteer at local schools and mentor children of the incarcerated.
The discussions about restructuring are quite brittle. We remain in the heated debates of whether prison is solely punishment or public service. What we all agree upon is, there is need for radical change. While incarceration rates are stubbornly high and recidivism rates remain a colossal concern, we know that we must erect policy, program, and provision to create prisons that better support progress.
The Corrections Divisions across this country, communities, congregations, corporations and cities must be placed at the foundation of the restructuring. These entities are the rebar to our restructuring and reintegration bridge. No Restructuring or Reintegration Bridge is sustainable without these stakeholders. Through an unprecedented partnership, we can place the formerly incarcerated at the forefront of his or her restructuring and reintegration plan, because we recognize no one person is the same. We are cognitive that there must be some standard processes and protocols that preserve the humanity of all the men and women incarcerated; but we must also remember these men and women represent a diverse, disproportionate, demographic. They come to us from all economic and social classes, ages, races, gender and abilities. How they desist from criminal behavior will depend significantly on how we partner with them both collectively and individually before, during and after incarceration. Successful reintegration is more than preparing for release; it is preparing the community to receive its citizens as they cross over this visible divide of corrections and community.
Carlyle Holder Ministries partners with the formerly incarcerated to restructure and reintegrate; both to build the bridge and cross it with them to ensure positive reintegration.
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