|Corrections Committee - Current Projects
As listed in the Purpose Statement, our current projects are
The Corrections Committee is presently re-setting its goals for the coming years. To do this it is considering a wide range of projects. There is a need for new people to help work on these projects.
People interested in participating in any of these projects, or who wish to suggest other projects, should contact Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Plan and Implement an event that celebrates the successes in Corrections.
2. Restorative Justice (RJ) - a justice system that aims at restoring people to become helpful members of the community) is close to the heart of faith traditions. This fall we will be bringing in a speaker from the Christian Council on Justice and Corrections to talk about what is wrong with the Justice System and to advertise events in the November Restorative Justice Week. We are seeking creative initiatives in RJ.
3. Pilot Project for those not held criminally responsible. Prisoners suffering from mental illness become worse through incarceration. We want to create a pilot project for such people that accords them dignity and, when possible, allows healing to take place.
4. Housing for released prisoners – there is a huge need for this. We need to look at ways in which this need may be met.
5. Helping released prisoners when they re-enter the community. It is standard that a prisoner released from jail leaves with very little money and, at best, inappropriate accommodation, and no job. We are considering advocating for a paid position in Corrections for a person who prepares and enables release plans for prisoners, as also in Social Services to provide help once they are back in the community.
6. Research Review of Ways of Reducing Incarceration – an examination of those constituencies that have successfully reduced incarceration. (Note – this would be a task for one volunteer that has a beginning and an end!)
7. Raise Volunteers that work in Literacy and Basic Education in Corrections. We have wanted to do this for some time, but the present overcrowding and gang presence in Corrections will not allow any increase in programs.