National Catholic leaders issue joint statement in solidarity with those facing COVID-19 behind bars 

Five United States Conference of Catholic Bishops committee chairmen, prominent men and women religious, and national lay leaders representing key Catholic organizations released a joint letter Wednesday in response to the devastating impacts of the coronavirus pandemic within U.S. prisons, jails, and detention and reentry centers. 

Catholic Mobilizing Network observes National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

(Washington, D.C.) Catholic Mobilizing Network, the national Catholic organization working to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice, joins a growing national movement in recognizing National Crime Victims’ Rights Week from April 19-25, 2020, honoring the experiences of victims of crime, their family members, victim advocates, and victims’ rights groups across the U.S.

Death Penalty Use Remains Near Record Lows, Emboldening Catholic Opponents

(Washington, DC) A new report released today by the Death Penalty Information Center confirms that death penalty use in the United States remains near historic lows, with fewer than 30 executions in 2019 and fewer than 50 new death sentences for the fifth consecutive year. At this point, half of all U.S. states, accounting for half of the U.S. population (50.4%), do not carry out executions.

Catholics Speak Out in Opposition to Restart of Federal Executions

(Washington, D.C.) Catholic Mobilizing Network, the national Catholic organization working to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice, delivered a petition to President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr today opposing the planned restart of federal executions. The petition was signed by nearly 3,000 U.S. Catholics, including signatures from prominent clergy and Church leaders such as Most Rev. Joseph A. Fiorenza, Archbishop Emeritus of Galveston-Houston, Most Rev. William Justice, Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco, and Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ. Catholics join law enforcement officers, judges, victims’ family members, and more in speaking out against the government's efforts to execute federal inmates.

What is Restorative Justice? A New Book Offers Catholic Perspective

(Washington, D.C.) A newly released faith formation guide invites audiences to explore the Catholic call to restorative justice. Harm, Healing, and Human Dignity: A Catholic Encounter with Restorative Justice is a timely work of Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN), the national Catholic organization working to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice.

Catholics Praise New Hampshire Death Penalty Repeal

Today New Hampshire becomes the 21st state to abolish capital punishment after the state legislature voted 16-8 to override a veto by Governor Chris Sununu on death penalty repeal bill HB 455. With the inclusion of the four states currently under governor-imposed execution bans, a total of 25 states in the union have distanced themselves in some formal capacity from the practice of capital punishment.

Catholics Laud “Bold Step” on California Execution Moratorium

“Today’s declaration is a bold step toward abolishing a broken system that fails to protect the inviolable dignity of the human person,” said Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy, Executive Director of Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN), the national Catholic organization working to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice. “It reaffirms that every life is sacred and has God-given value.”

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