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NONDOC: Faith event offers shocking stats on criminal justice

NONDOC: Faith event offers shocking stats on criminal justice

NONDOC Commentary By John Thompson | February 3, 2016

Facing an overflow crowd at Restorative Justice Sunday on Jan. 24, a guest pastor from Mt. Triumph Baptist Church emphasized how over-incarceration of non-violent inmates should prompt both “anger and hope.”

Our nation’s extreme commitment to punishment has spun so far out of control that we are finally seeing bipartisan agreement by many lawmakers in Oklahoma — and across the country — that our systems must be reformed. By now, voters who look at the facts presented on Restorative Justice Sunday will likely agree with the Rev. Theodis Manning, who said of Oklahoma’s incarceration rate, “Enough is enough.”

A coalition of metro churches, unions, nonprofits and other organizations, VOICE held the community meeting on Restorative Justice at the St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church. Dozens of attendees participated in the program, titled Public Safety at Risk: Fines and Fees and the Oklahoma Criminal Justice System.

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