Comunicado de prensa: La Conferencia Católica de Minnesota insta a la aprobación del proyecto de ley de restauración de la votación

Los delincuentes tienen una dignidad dada por Dios que exige justicia, no venganza, as they are re-entering society

St. Paul, Minn (Marzo 12, 2014)—La Conferencia Católica de Minnesota (MCC), la oficina de políticas públicas de la Iglesia Católica en Minnesota, hoy se unió con su “Recuperar el voto Minnesota” coalition partners at the Capitol to urge the passage of the voting restoration bill (HF 491 / SF 107) en Minnesota. The announcement coincided with the 7th Annual Second Chance Coalition Day on the Hill which, Este año, focused its attention on the disenfranchisement of Minnesotans who have been convicted of a felony, but are no longer incarcerated and now living in the community.

Invoking us to recall Jesusapproach to meeting the Samaritan Woman at the well, Pope Francis recently said, ‘God is in everyone’s life. Even if the life of a person has been a disaster, even if it is destroyed by vices, drogas, or anything else—God is in this person’s life,'” dijo Jason Adkins, Director ejecutivo de la Conferencia Católica de Minnesota. “La tradición católica apoya el derecho de la comunidad a establecer y hacer cumplir leyes que protejan a las personas y avancen en el bien común, but also recognizes that both victims and offenders have a God-given dignity that calls for justice, no venganza. MCC supports the voter restoration bill based on society’s need to balance these two goods.

Those who return to our communities from incarceration face significant challenges. Entre otras cosas, estos incluyen encontrar vivienda y empleo estable, desafíos físicos y mentales, y aislamiento social. Without finding ways to give them the support they need, and providing concrete opportunities for them to reintegrate into and participate in society, the chance that they will re-offend increases. The voting restoration bill gives Minnesotans who have served their prison time a stake in the community and in the decisions that affect their lives. It also helps foster political participation of minority communities disproportionately affected by the current system, and decreases the likelihood that offenders will be arrested again.

La Iglesia Católica ha sido durante mucho tiempo una defensora vocal de la justicia restaurativa y la rehabilitación penal. En 2000, la Conferencia de obispos católicos de Estados Unidos (CONFERENCIA EPISCOPAL) issued the pastoral statement “Responsabilidad, Rehabilitación, y restauración: A Catholic Perspective on Crime and Criminal Justice.Most recently, the committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development of the USCCB issued an open letter to Congress in support of the federal Second Chance Act (S.1690 / HR 3465), legislation aimed at addressing the issues faced by individuals who re-enter society from federal and state prisons.

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Contact: Jessica Zittlow, O: 651-256-7579/ C: 651-368-1043, jzittlow@mncc.org