Category Archive for: Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Reform

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  • Posted on October 8, 2015

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  Over the last four decades, this country has pursued a drug policy that has done little to curtail usage and has had significant negative impact on our society. Drug arrests comprise half the arrests in our criminal justice system, and approximately half of those are marijuana arrests—the vast majority of which are for simple…



Criminal Justice Reform

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  • Posted on February 28, 2009

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  The JCPA mission statement calls for a “just American society,” recognizing that the Jewish community has “an ethical imperative to assure that America remains a country wedded to the Bill of Rights and committed to the rule of law, a nation whose institutions continue to function as a public trust.”  Nowhere is this goal…



The Death Penalty

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  • Posted on February 26, 2001

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The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) historically has stood in opposition to the death penalty and, in February 2000, joined the American Bar Association’s call for a death penalty moratorium until issues of fairness, impartiality, and the risk of error are resolved. That call was spurred by new information about the likelihood that wrongfully…



Race and Criminal Justice

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  • Posted on February 26, 2001

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PREAMBLE: Recognizing the responsibility of government at all levels to act forcefully to prevent crime, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) historically has advocated crime fighting strategies that include both strict enforcement measures and intervention initiatives designed to prevent violence (JCPA Policy on Crime and Violence adopted June, 1995). In recent years, we have…



Declaring A Moratorium on Imposition Of The Death Penalty

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  • Posted on February 28, 2000

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Whereas Illinois Governor George Ryan has imposed a state-wide moratorium on the death penalty and has appointed a commission to study the frequency with which inmates sentenced to death have later been found innocent, and Whereas there is every reason to believe that the potential innocence of those on death row is an issue throughout…



Domestic Violence

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  • Posted on February 19, 1997

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The effort to address the problem of domestic violence remains a profound challenge for the organized Jewish community, as well as for our many coalition partners. We are particularly concerned that silence, denial and shame within our community have proven to be serious obstacles to increasing awareness and knowledge of the issue. With domestic abuse…



Addressing the Causes and Prevention of Crime and Violence

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  • Posted on June 12, 1995

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Policy The National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council shares the nationwide concern over problems of crime and violence which plague schools, cities, and suburban communities. The potential for inner city neighborhood revitalization is too often impeded by criminal activity that undermines efforts to enhance economic development, create jobs, and improve schools. The use of illegal…



Crime and Violence

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  • Posted on February 22, 1994

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The National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council recognizes and shares the nationwide concern over problems of crime and violence which continue to plague our schools, cities, and suburban communities. The potential for inner city neighborhood revitalization is too often impeded by criminal activity which undermines local efforts to enhance economic development, create jobs, and improve…