CCDA communities know firsthand the impacts of mass incarceration and are working to develop a strategic, sustainable advocacy platform to influence systemic change. We are actively engaging people in our association and the broader community through education, leadership development and bringing our experiences and understanding to public square.
While it is essential to look at the systemic injustices and work to ensure that there are just public policies in place at federal, state and local levels when engaging mass incarceration, people can also engage the issue with solutions beyond a legislative response.
Churches and community-based programs that work with prevention, intervention, support for families separated by incarceration, and re-entry are all essential to providing support to those impacted by this growing phenomenon. We, as faith communities, need to look for opportunities to serve those affected with support services.