Quakers have a long tradition of prison reform both in England and in the United States. For centuries, they have opposed capital punishment and worked for its abolition. They have championed restorative justice instead of retribution.
Following in this tradition, FCLCA has developed a strong reputation at the Capitol for our expertise in criminal justice legislation.
- We believe that California’s criminal justice and prison systems are broken and need to be fixed, and we work with our allies and with legislators and their staffs to promote responsible reform.
- We closely monitor the bills introduced to the Senate and Assembly Public Safety Committees and frequently testify at their hearings.
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- Strengthening, enforcing, and publicizing victims’ rights.
- Protection of the rights of the accused.
- Abolition of the death penalty.
- Strong gun control legislation.
- Programs that stress alternatives to incarceration for individuals whose illegal acts will not harm the community.
- Opposition to expansion of prisons and jails.
- Assurance that prisoners civil rights are protected.
- Presumption of innocence that prohibits incarceration before conviction unless the accused, if released, is a public threat or will not appear for trial.
- Bail that reflects the financial circumstances of the accused and the seriousness of the crime.
- Affirmation of the principle that the criminal justice system be rehabilitative rather than punitive.
- Support and counseling from parole staff to minimize chances of recidivism.
- Community involvement by police to prevent crime.
- Civilian review boards to oversee accusations of police misconduct.
- Opposition to trying juveniles as adults.
- Strengthening preventive programs for juveniles.
- Prompt decisions in juvenile cases.