- Jesus left his followers with precious few commands: Love thy neighbor, feed the hungry, clothe the naked and visit the prisoner among them. So why do so many churches have such a hard time with that last one?
- Why We Need Criminal Justice Reform
Rebecca Cusey, Religion News Service
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Hilary Swank stars as Betty Anne Waters opposite Sam Rockwell as wrongly convicted convict Kenneth Waters in Conviction.
Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank, for one, is waiting for a good answer.
In her recent film, Conviction, Swank plays Betty Anne Waters, a real-life high school dropout whose 18-year quest to free her brother from a wrongful murder conviction led her from GED to the bar exam.
"As we're sitting here speaking right now, someone is in prison for a crime they didn't commit," Swank said at a recent screening of the film at a historic black church in Alexandria, Va., "and that's not OK."
Waters' brother, Kenny Waters, was the 83rd prisoner exonerated and freed as a result of DNA testing, forced by the persistence of the New York-based Innocence Project. To date, 261 prisoners have seen their wrongful convictions overturned.
Why We Need Criminal Justice Reform, Bill Mefford, Sojourners
- Even just a glance at the U.S. criminal justice system shows extreme brokenness.
- How do we begin to address the connections between astronomical rates of incarceration, disintegration of black families, and the war on drugs?
- The New Jim Crow