Quakers have a long tradition of prison reform both in England and in the United States. For centuries, Friends have opposed capital punishment and worked for its abolition. They have championed restorative justice instead of retribution, prison reform and the humane treatment of incarcerated people.
Following in this tradition, FCLCA has developed a strong reputation at the Capitol for our expertise in criminal justice legislation.
We work with our partners to advocate with legislators and their staffs to promote responsible reform, closely monitoring bills introduced to the Senate and Assembly Public Safety Committees.
FCLCA co-sponsors new pieces of legislation, weighs in on dozens of bills each session and frequently testifies at committee hearings. A sample of these bills from 2023 is listed below.