Justice Vision Papers

From 2001 to 2003, AFSC wrote a series of papers looking at the prison system in the United States. These papers discuss the use of solitary confinement and other abuses suffered by inmates. Many of these abuses are greater now than they were then, maintaining much of the relevancy of these reports.

In a Time of Broken Bones

Published in 2001, this booklet by Katherine Whitlock made a call for dialogue on hate related violence and hate crimes legislation.  In her acknowledgements Kay wrote: "The publication of this Justice Visions working paper on hate violence reflects the deep spiritual and social commitment of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) to address the root causes, and not only the most visible symptoms, of hatred, intolerance, and violence."

Whose Safety

Women of color, both immigrant and U.S.-born, have been increasingly affected by the dramatic expansion of law enforcement in the United States — an expansion that has resulted in widespread and persistent violations of civil, constitutional, and human rights. Both in absolute numbers and as a percentage, women are increasing substantially among populations of prisoners, arrestees, border crossers, undocumented workers, and detainees.

The Prison Inside the Prison

Written in 2003, The Prison Inside the Prison looks at the use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons.

Who we are

AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more

Where we work

AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.

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