The Ignatian Solidarity Network and the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States are inviting graduates of Jesuit law schools to sign a letter (linked here) addressed to the leadership of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in support of S. 2123. This letter is open to all graduates of U.S. Jesuit law schools.

The experience at a Jesuit law school is grounded in a centuries-old tradition of values-based education. This Jesuit mission is well known for its emphasis on the development of the whole person and concern for social justice.

Unfortunately, many elements of our criminal justice system provide inadequate justice and in some cases perpetuate injustice. Too many people receive disproportionate sentences as a result of mandatory minimums sentencing laws. Care for victims often ends once a trial does. Countless individuals return from jail and prison inadequately prepared to re-enter society. Our reliance on the justice system to solve issues related to drug addiction, poverty, mental illness and joblessness leaves us worse off as a country.

They are hopeful that this letter can share a meaningful value-based message to Congressional leaders.

The plan is to send the letter to Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Reid and Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in early June with upwards of 500 signatures.

 

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