MONTGOMERY, Ala. – State Senator Cam Ward (R-Alabaster) is working with federal and state lawmakers on a new, major criminal justice reform initiative.
On Wednesday, Prison Fellowship, the nation’s largest outreach program to prisoners and their families, announced the launch of the Faith & Justice Fellowship, a bi-partisan coalition of state and federal lawmakers motivated by various faith traditions to pursue restorative values in criminal justice reform.
Senator Ward was named a State Leader for the Fellowship’s campaign in Alabama.
“Any efforts aimed at helping the victims of crimes and rehabilitation of offenders must include a faith-based component,” remarked Ward. “While criminal justice reform must always keep public safety first, we cannot ignore the need for proper rehabilitation in the prison system.”
“I am proud to join this distinguished group of state and national lawmakers in kicking off this nationwide fellowship to promote best practices in our corrections system. Though Chuck Colson is no longer with us, his organization continues on today, making even greater strides with the announcement of Faith & Justice Fellowship,” continued Ward.
According to Prison Fellowship, the mission of the Faith & Justice Fellowship is “to build, inform, and inspire a movement of policymakers and voters who believe that human dignity and redemption should be represented in our national dialogue on criminal justice.”
The founding federal leaders of the Faith & Justice Fellowship include: U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, N.C.; U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, Texas; U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, Ill.; U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, Ill.; U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, Utah; and U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, N.C.
In addition to Senator Ward, state leaders include: State Sen. Konni Burton, Texas; Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Mich.; State Rep. Rob Hutton, Wis.; State Rep. Matt Krause, Texas; State Del. Dave LaRock, Va.; and State Sen. John Proos, Mich.
Cam Ward represents District 14 in the Alabama State Senate, which includes all or parts of Shelby, Bibb, Chilton, Hale, and Jefferson Counties. He serves as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.