March is Juvenile Justice Month of Faith and Healing
March marks the annual Juvenile Justice Month of Faith and Healing. This month brings together congregations of all faiths, schools and universities in prayer, service and action. The goal is to offer young offenders hope and alternatives to a lifetime as a hardened criminal by raising awareness and creating engagement with issues pertaining to juvenile justice.
How to Get Involved:
Place a bulletin in your faith organization’s newsletter.
- Throughout the month of March discuss juvenile justice in your weekly faith service.
- Post a flyer in your place of worship.
- Host a candle light vigil in your faith community in remembrance of youth in the justice system.
- Host a discussion after a faith service in your community about juvenile justice issues. Such topics could be sentencing laws, sending children into the adult court system, willful defiance or the classification process in the prison system that sends youthful offenders to higher level prisons than adults for the same crime.
- Support neighborhood groups that work to create cooperative relationships between neighbors, faith communities, and law enforcement to create a safe and secure community.
- Support or volunteer with programs that promote victim ministry in your place of worship.
- Support or volunteer with the ministry at your local detention center.
- Provide spiritual, material, or emotional assistance to those reentering society, both youth and adult. Schools and places of worship are encouraged to invite formerly incarcerated youth to share their experiences and insights about the juvenile justice system.
The events through the month will initiate a dialogue between offenders, victims and the community regarding the causes of crime and will suggest structures needed to prevent youth from becoming engaged in the cycle of violence. Find out how you can participate here.
For talking points for Juvenile Justice Faith Week, visit here.