House of Reps Passes Bill Establishing Chuck Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections
"It is now time for the Senate to pass this legislation so America can begin a critical and long-overdue discussion on reforming our nation's broken criminal justice system."
-Justice Fellowship President Craig DeRoche
Following is a statement from Justice Fellowship President Craig DeRoche about today's passage of the FY 2014 omnibus spending bill by the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill provides $1 million to establish the independent, nine-person, bipartisan Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections to examine a variety of challenges within the federal corrections system.
DeRoche is available to discuss the Chuck Colson Task Force and the need to reform our nation's criminal justice system.
"The importance of Chuck Colson's vision of a criminal justice system centered on accountability and redemption was recognized this afternoon by Republicans and Democrats in the House, who passed the 2014 omnibus spending bill that establishes the Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections. It is now time for the Senate to pass this legislation so America can begin a critical and long-overdue discussion on reforming our nation's broken criminal justice system."
About Justice Fellowship
Addressing injustices within the criminal justice system was a natural extension of the late Chuck Colson's Prison Fellowship ministry to the men and women behind prison walls. This led him in 1983 to found Justice Fellowship to reform the justice system according to biblical restorative justice principles so that communities are safer, victims are respected and people who commit crimes are transformed. Since that time, Colson and Justice Fellowship have played a leading role in working with members of Congress to pass groundbreaking justice reforms, including the:
- Religious Freedom Restoration Act (1993)
- Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (2000)
- Prison Rape Elimination Act (2003)
- Second Chance Act (2009)
- Fair Sentencing Act (2010)