June 20: Christian Leaders Issue Call to Church to Confront Crime and Injustice, Lead Way to Reform
Declaration Signed by Dozens of Christian Leaders Condemns US Crisis of Crime, Incarceration—Calls on Church to Double Down on Preventing Crime, Caring for Crime Victims, Ministering to Prisoners and Advocating for Just Laws
Prison Fellowship and a coalition of Christian leaders from across the nation will gather June 20 at the National Press Club to unveil the Justice Declaration, making an unprecedented appeal to Christians to take a stand against the nation's misguided response to crime, which has failed to make this country safer and is devastating to families and society. The Justice Declaration is an initiative of Prison Fellowship, the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and the National Association of Evangelicals.
The event will also feature the release of new polling on Christian perceptions of justice issues and a white paper proposing faith-based solutions to the problem of over-criminalization in the U.S.
- James Ackerman, president and CEO of Prison Fellowship
- Leith Anderson, Ph.D., president of the National Association of Evangelicals
- Russell Moore, Ph.D., president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
- John Stonestreet, president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview
- Other prominent Christian leaders who have signed the Justice Declaration
Justice Declaration and signatory unveiling followed by a discussion on the results of a new Barna poll about Christian perceptions of criminal justice
Tuesday, June 20, 11 a.m. ET
Zenger Room, National Press Club
529 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20045
MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES: Advance and on-site interviews are available with Ackerman, Moore and others.
On-site media contacts: Jim Forces, 304.780.5628; Stone Underwood, 601.754.2244
About Prison Fellowship
Prison Fellowship is the nation's largest outreach to prisoners, former prisoners and their families, and a leading advocate for criminal justice reform. With 40 years of experience helping restore men and women behind bars, Prison Fellowship advocates for federal and state criminal justice reforms that transform those responsible for crime, validate victims and encourage communities to play a role in creating a safe, redemptive and just society.