Advocate

Join us in advocating for prisoners, ex-prisoners, their families, and victims of crime.

It can be easy to dismiss the idea of caring for prisoners, but broken prison systems help perpetuate growing crime rates and prison populations. Millions of prisoners are held in crowded, debilitating conditions as they wait for trial. The system moves slowly—some prisoners wait for trial longer than the maximum sentence they could receive if found guilty.

The system does not rehabilitate people who are convicted of crime. Once released, most will re-offend within five years. Victims of crime are generally ignored except when needed as witnesses in criminal prosecution. They receive little help to recover from their trauma.

There is a better way, and it starts with you.

Join us in advocating for prisoners, ex-prisoners, their families, and victims of crime.


Guides

Use these free resources to educate yourself and others on the core tenets of restorative justice and advocate for change.

What is Restorative Justice Intro Guide

A free introductory guide to restorative justice.

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Restorative Justice in the Criminal Justice System

Learn how modern restorative justice is capable of influencing virtually every aspect of criminal justice, including criminal codes, law enforcement, courts, prisons, victim support, and working respectfully with victims.

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Starting a Restorative Justice Program

Learn the advantages and disadvantages of community-based or system-based restorative justice models, including how to build local support, work with the media, work respectfully with victims, and program and training manuals.

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Ten Keys to Improving Conditions in Overcrowded Prisons

Learn specific recommendations to improve conditions in overcrowded prisons, including security and safety, disease among staff and inmates, in-prison conflict and violence, failure to rehabilitate prisoners, re-offending, and low staff morale.

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Ten Keys to Preparing Prisoners for Re-Entry

Learn specific recommendations to help ex-prisoners successfully transition back into society.

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Ten Keys to Making Sentences More Restorative

Learn specific recommendations to incorporate restorative principles when considering sentences, even if restorative processes such as victim-offender mediation are not available.

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Bible Studies

Each Bible Study includes five brief lessons and questions for reflection. They are useful for individual study as well as group discussion.

Steps to Reconciliation

Learn what it means to resolve conflict between people in cases of wrongdoing and crime.

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A Case Study in Peacemaking

Learn what it means to be a peacemaking follower of Jesus through reflection on Paul’s letter to Philemon in the New Testament.

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Building Peace, Building Right Relationships

Learn how biblical conceptions of peace and justice can transform our behavior in everyday situations of conflict, in how we work with those affected by crime, and in advocating for a just and effective justice system.

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What Is Restorative Justice Bible Study

Explore what it means to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God.

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Where Love and Justice Meet

Learn how the Bible defines justice and love, how God is characterized by both qualities, and what justice and love mean for us.

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Restoring lives—for good!

Reforming justice systems starts with people like you. When you educate yourself about restorative justice, advocate for reform, and give to Prison Fellowship International, you help transform prisoners, restore them to their families, and build safer communities—for good!

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