We are two Christian young men at VCBR. One day we asked the religious volunteer if he could add communion to our worship/fellowship services. The volunteer checked with the administration, saying that he could bring everything in himself with no cost to the facility. The administration gave the two of us greater restrictions because we are not supposed to ask a volunteer for anything. One of us was given 30 days and one 60 days restriction of not attending Bible study or church services. When we complained, we were told that we could worship by ourselves. (The Catholic service does have communion.) The volunteer was told that he would have to wait to do communion until the new facility is built. That will be in about 18 months. A reply from administration to our request to remove the restrictions, “Directly petitioning for services from an approved volunteer may create a threat to the secure operations of the facility and is prohibited.”
Our vision for a just future
1. Abolish pre-crime preventative detention laws
2. Free our friends and loved ones from dehumanizing labels
3. Realign our justice system with the values of restoration and reintegration
Just Future Project is a new initiative focused on challenging pre-crime preventative detention laws. We are a people-driven grassroots advocacy campaign dedicated to building a movement of community members demanding an end to indefinite detention regimes.
Why Is This Important?
Pre-crime preventative detention systems are a dangerous departure from the traditional values of our legal system.
We believe in justice, that persons who have caused harm may be held accountable for their actions. But justice also demands proportionality and due process, elements essential to distinguish justice from mere vengeance. The goal of any true system of justice must be restoration and re-integration, not the perpetual containment and incapacitation that have come to define the U.S. criminal legal system.
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