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EPPN Criminal Justice Series: During Incarceration

February 20, 2020

his week, the Office of Government Relations Criminal Justice Series will focus on prison conditions, particularly the treatment of and opportunities for those who are incarcerated. Prison sentences can be designed to accomplish many goals, including punishment (penalty for committing a crime), sequestration (removing particularly dangerous people from the community), deterrence (discouraging others from repeating […]

EPPN Criminal Justice Series: Sentencing

February 12, 2020

The practice of mandatory minimum sentencing for violent and non-violent offenses was originally established in reaction to the rise in crime rates in the early 1990s. These harsh prison sentences led to a dramatic growth in the number of people incarcerated for violent crimes. Sentencing policies have contributed greatly to racial disparities in the adult […]

Statement on the Trump Administration’s decision to extend the travel ban to six additional countries

February 7, 2020

The Episcopal Church is deeply concerned by the administration’s decision to restrict immigration from Nigeria, Eritrea, Myanmar, Kyrgyzstan, Tanzania, and Sudan. While we wholeheartedly endorse efforts to ensure the safety of the United States, it is not clear that blanket immigration bans further that goal. Instead of taking a strategic approach to addressing security concerns […]

EPPN Criminal Justice Series: Public Defenders

February 5, 2020

For the third week of our educational criminal justice series, we consider an often-overlooked figure who plays a key role for 4 out of 5 individuals in the criminal justice system: the public defender. Our modern public defender systems find their grounding in the principle that a fair trial is almost impossible without the assistance […]

EPPN Criminal Justice Series: School-to-Prison Pipeline

January 28, 2020

The focus for the second week of our educational criminal justice series is understanding how people encounter the criminal justice system in the first place. In particular, we look at why so many young people are arrested and then incarcerated before they turn 18, and how this information can help direct our advocacy efforts. There are […]

EPPN Criminal Justice Series Introduction: 13th Amendment

January 21, 2020

The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations invites members of the Episcopal Public Policy Network to learn and engage in conversation with us for the next five weeks to learn more about criminal justice reform. Through five educational posts, this series will provide an opportunity to learn more about The Episcopal Church’s policy positions, our longstanding […]

Episcopal Church statement on Texas Gov. Abbott’s decision to reject refugee resettlement

January 11, 2020

The Episcopal Church condemns Gov. Abbott’s decision to reject refugee resettlement in 2020. Texas has long served as a strong partner in the work of welcoming some of the most vulnerable individuals in the world to peace, safety, and a bright future. Texas Episcopalians have also given generously of their time, talents, and treasure to […]

Updated: Episcopal Church Statement on Iran

January 7, 2020

Amid escalating tensions between Iran and the United States following the strike that killed Qasem Soleimani, The Episcopal Church continues to be guided by the teaching of Jesus Christ, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” We affirm that, “It is crucial in this time of instability and threat of violence that our government and our neighbors seek […]

79th General Convention Resolution Update: December 2019

December 2, 2019

We periodically aim to share General Convention resolution updates so that Episcopalians are aware of the work the Office of Government Relations (OGR) does in addition to action alerts. In addition to advocating on behalf of Episcopalians in person with legislators and their staff, our office has continued to engage Episcopalians on social media, connect them […]

Entire EPPN Creation Care Series

October 18, 2019

Introduction to the Series This introduction begins a series of articles addressing different parts of the enviro-political movement and how we, as the Office of Government Relations and Episcopalians engaged in advocacy, have been charged to tackle some of the issues facing our environment through better policy. Carbon Tax The Office of Government Relations has […]

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