“Conscious of the limitations of all human aspirations and institutions, this church also seeks to draw on the best of human reason to join with many others in calling for urgently needed reform. Both Scripture and reason are vital to the integrity of the church’s witness in the world. This church desires the achievement of greater justice in the U.S. criminal justice system and maintains that such an achievement is possible.”  Excerpt from A Social Statement on The Church and Criminal Justice: Hearing the Cries, adopted by the ELCA in 2013.


ELCA – A 60-Day Journey Toward Justice in a Culture of Gun Violence
The ELCA invites you on a journey of prayer, scripture, stories and church teachings with this resource.    Together through daily observances, it calls us to work toward the prevention of gun violence as people of God who strive for justice and peace in all the world. It may be used for individual reflection, group Bible study, adult education sessions, and congregational daily devotions.

Hear My Voice: A Prison Prayer Book 
This grace-filled prayer book invites people who are incarcerated to spend time in prayer, trusting in God’s never-failing love for them and the whole world. Others who accompany and care for them: family, friends, and chaplains, will also find comfort and encouragement in this resource. Learn more.

2019 HRC Solitary Legislative Packet – PCC
Prepared by the Human Rights Coalition, learn about the costs, effects, and alternatives to the use of Solitary Confinement in Pennsylvania Prisons.  Includes information about HB 497 which prohibits solitary confinement for vulnerable populations and SB 832 an Act amending Title 61 (Prisons and Parole) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, providing for solitary confinement.