DSC Prison Reform Sub-Committee

At the 28th Session of Annual Conference, resolution 21.10 Mass Incarceration and Restorative Justice passed. It was resolved that the Bishop appoint a committee of 5 to 7 people to join in the efforts with other United Methodists and the General Board of Church & Society to end mass incarceration by becoming actively involved throughout our Annual Conference by educating members and becoming involved in ministries and opportunities for:

  • Sentencing reform
  • Ending prison privatization
  • Developing just re-entry programs
  • Increasing participation and opportunities for in prison ministry





Halt Arizona’s Death March to Executions

By Paul Bullis, Chair of Desert Southwest Conference Prison Reform Ministry WE NEED TO HALT ARIZONA’S DEATH MARCH TO EXECUTING PRISONERS The State of Arizona is poised to resume executing its death row prisoners.  We must act now to halt Arizona’s death march to...

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Join the Webinar on Private Prisons

“Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured” (Hebrews 13:3) For-profit private prisons are a multi-billion dollar industry in this country. The industry’s sole...

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Not My Problem. But As Christians, It Is.

On May 11, AZ Central published the following article: 74 Cases in Arizona Prisons The Arizona Department of Corrections' online dashboard said 74 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Friday. The cases are at these five facilities: 53 in Florence, nine in...

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Prison Reform and COVID-19

PRISONERS AND THE CORONAVIRUS Paul Bullis, Co-Chair DSC Prison Reform Task Force Jails and prisons, with so many people packed into small spaces, have been referred to as “incubators” and “amplifiers” of infectious diseases such as COVID-19.  What should be done to...

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Not Interested in Prison Ministry

Not sure if prison ministry is your thing? Just show up and talk with someone. No skills required. “I was in prison and you visited me” (Matthew 25:36)

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Discussion #1 Presentation PPT

Like many other states, Arizona uses prisons owned by profit-motivated private corporations to house many of its inmates. Learn how this profit motive impacts and perverts our criminal justice system. Watch the learning session from September 24, 2020, with John Dacey and Robert Craig from Abolish Private Prisons.

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