At the end of last year, the New York Times published a series of investigative articles exposing racial injustice at every level of the New York State Prison system. For the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated, their family members, their communities, and anyone who has paid attention to the criminal justice system in our state, these revelations were not new.
For people of faith and conscience, this situation is simply unacceptable. The ongoing abuse and violence of our criminal justice system, which bears disproportionate impact upon communities of color, the poor, and other vulnerable populations like LGBTQ people, must end.
Many faith communities, organizations, and people fighting for justice have been calling for an end to these abuses for many years. Recently, a group of grassroots organizations formed and developed a holistic platform for ending the injustices of incarceration in our state. Read the platform and 2017 priorities here.
Clergy and faith leaders: Sign this letter to endorse the platform and tell our state legislative leaders that ending the injustice of our prison system is a moral duty.