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August Prayer Focus is Criminal Justice

The U.S. criminal justice system is often anything but 'just.' With only 5% of the world's population, the United States contains about 20% of the world's prisoners, imprisoning its residents at a higher rate than countries such as China, Russia, and Rwanda. For years, the ‘war on crime’ has consistently targeted inner cities, tearing at the fabric of families and communities. At the same time, few programs have existed to help inmates better themselves, or to prepare for life on the outside, even though 95 percent of prisoners will eventually be released back into their communities. And those communities are hurting. All In Community is part of The West Ohio Conference’s response to the needs of those inside and outside of the prison walls. To date, over 1000 lay and clergy have partnered with West Ohio to be the presence of Christ with those incarcerated, their families, our returning neighbors and those impacted by crime. Especially now, in the midst of a pandemic, prison reform and reentry services are needed to help protect these vulnerable neighbors.

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