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Issue Background

Criminal Justice Reform

We support efforts to reduce mass incarceration, reduce recidivism and wrongful conviction. We oppose solitary confinement and the death penalty. We support efforts to promote restorative justice.

Quakers have a long tradition of prison reform both in England and in the United States.  For centuries, Friends have opposed capital punishment and worked for its abolition. They have championed restorative justice instead of retribution.

Following in this tradition, FCLCA has developed a strong reputation at the Capitol for our expertise in criminal justice legislation.

We work with our partners to advocate with legislators and their staffs to promote responsible reform, closely monitoring bills introduced to the Senate and Assembly Public Safety Committees.

FCLCA weighs in on dozens of bills each session and frequently testifies at committee hearings. In the 2019-2020 session we co-sponsored a sentencing reform bill that was signed into law, SB 136.