Challenging High Rate Of U.S. Incarceration

Challenging High Rate Of U.S. Incarceration

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“The church in the United States has a moral and ethical imperative to protect human dignity and must address the problem of mass incarceration in our nation,” the leaders of Christian Churches Together in the U.S.A. said in a statement issued on Feb. 7 in Newark, N.J. The coalition includes the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The statement continues, “We recognize that the legacy of the dehumanization of people of color has borne lasting effects in current-day society” and cites slavery and Jim Crow laws as examples of “subjugation” until civil rights laws passed nearly 50 years ago tried to right it. “We see the vestiges of these systems of human control in America’s current system of mass incarceration.” Christian Churches Together added, “These systems are not only affecting African-Americans. They are now impacting all people of color, the poor, the marginalized, and the immigrant in the United States.”

This short article originally appeared in the America Magazine

Link to original article: http://www.americamagazine.org/issue/challenging-high-rate-us-incarceration