A blog by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration about justice and peace issues

Below is an action shared by a partner of 8th Day Center – The National Religious Campaign Against Torture.

It is calling on our elected officials to pass a bill that will comprehensively review the criminal justice system. This is a vital step to removing the many abuses that have occurred for a long time but also the new abuses that were put into place with some of the legislation passed after 9/11.

If you have time please make a call and lend a voice to the many who suffer daily in our prison and detainment system.

National Religious Campaign Against Torture

Please call your Senators!  Today, Wednesday, September 15, NRCAT is participating in a nation-wide call-in day to encourage the Senate to pass the National Criminal Justice Commission Act.

Please call your Senators today, and tell them that you would like them to pass the National Criminal Justice Commission Act (H.R. 5143/S. 714) as soon as possible.

It has been 40 years since our nation last undertook a comprehensive review of our criminal justice system. After all that time, such a review is sorely needed. Recently, the House passed a bill, the National Criminal Justice Commission Act (H.R. 5143/S. 714), that would create a bipartisan panel to review all aspects of our criminal justice system. Importantly, this panel would have the authority to review the conditions of confinement for all prisoners in our criminal justice system. As such, the panel could issue recommendations for preventing the torture and abuse of prisoners.

The bill has already been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and has passed the House. Now it is time for the full Senate to vote on it.

Please call your Senators!

You can call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to speak with your Senators, or you can use this link to find contact information for them: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

You can use this script while on the phone:

“Hello, my name is _________, and, as a person of faith, I am calling to ask the Senator to work for the immediate passage of the National Criminal Justice Commission Act.”

Thank you for your help. Passage of the National Criminal Justice Commission Act could be an important step toward ending the use of extensive isolation in prisons, which is a form of torture.

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2162/p/salsa/web/common/public/signup?signup_page_KEY=5469

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