We pledge allegiance with liberty and justice for all. But do you think our justice system is fair for all? We want to explore this question and its significant implications with you at Restore 117 on June 8-9 at Judson University.
Our Civil Justice System is Not Fair for All
Don’t you think it odd that if you commit a serious crime in this country, you can get the help of a free lawyer, BUT if you are the victim of exploitation, fraud, domestic abuse or other civil matters you have no such right. If you don’t have piles of money you simply cannot afford an attorney. Without legal help you are left to fend for yourself. Justice should not be a commodity to buy and sell. Justice should be available for all.
This reality impacts your neighbors. But there are people working to change this as they open the gates to make justice possible. Join the discussion and determine your role in making our civil justice system fairer for all at Restore 117.
Our Criminal Justice System is Not Fair for All
If you are charged with a serious crime you have the right to a public defender. But sometimes that is worse than having no attorney at all. This week the PBS News Hour highlighted the broken criminal justice system in Missouri. Public Defenders are dramatically under staffed and handle hundreds of cases meaning people can sit in jail for months before they see a lawyer for a few minutes. A major study across the country found that in some cases a public defender was able to spend only 7 minutes per case.
Come engage in a discussion with Al Johnson who is making a difference in the Missouri criminal courts through New Covenant Legal Services. Discover innovative work with juveniles in the City of Chicago. Learn how to remove barriers to reentry so families are restored through the work of Willow Creek Church. Understand the trauma of people sitting in jails who are not even charged but can sit for months because they are poor. Be part of the conversation at Restore 117.
Our Immigration System is not fair for all
Most people don’t realize our immigration courts are less of a court system and more of government bureaucratic nightmare. Immigration courts are not part of the judicial branch but the executive branch. This creates enormous challenges. Our blog last week covered many of these challenges including the challenge of innocent Americans wrongfully sitting in detention centers.
Immigration is more complex than Facebook or the news allow. This past week Temporary Protected Status was removed for 57,000 Hondurans who have spent nearly two decades integrating into the United States and face the serious potential of death on removal. We don’t have a place in our sound bite world to wrestle with these issues. Come to Restore 117 and meet Gracie Murphree who runs a gospel justice center in Honduras. We can never solve these problems until we better understand them.
The normal immigration rhetoric rarely addresses the real challenge of trafficked foreign born nationals. While a significant percentage of sex trafficking victims are U.S. born, many get victimized twice because they have no official status. This is particularly true of labor trafficking victims. There is much we can do legislatively, legally and practically. Come explore these issues with experts at Restore 117.
Justice should be Fair for Everyone
The challenges of unfairness in our justice system are complex and real. But God is a bigger. He has the solution – YOU. Justice is the foundation of His kingdom and He wants you to advance that kingdom. But no one does justice alone. You were made to do justice in community. Bring your friends, small group, core leadership team, or family. Join in a justice conversation as together we work to make justice fairer for all.