Domestic Resolutions

Resolution on Criminal Justice Reform

As Adopted by the 2009 JCPA Plenum


The JCPA mission statement calls for a “just American society,” recognizing that the Jewish community has “an ethical imperative to assure that America remains a country wedded to the Bill of Rights and committed to the rule of law, a nation whose institutions continue to function as a public trust.” Nowhere is this goal and imperative more manifest than in our system of justice and, more specifically, in our criminal justice system.


The operation of a morally and legally sound criminal justice system–one of the most profound responsibilities of any government–involves the protection of individuals from harm and the punishment of offenders, each of these goals being necessary to provide a sense of security and justice for all Americans. But the issues are more than philosophical and ethical pronouncements. Pragmatically, we recognize that achieving these goals must be accomplished in a way that maximizes the societal benefits and at the same time minimizes costs inuring from different approaches to criminal justice. We believe, and current evidence supports the view that reasoned efforts can and do accomplish both goals.

 

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03:05 PM Mar 02, 2009 - 0 comments permalink


Task Force Concern on Strengthening the Assets of Low Income Households

As Adopted by the 2009 JCPA Plenum 

Poverty cannot be understood and defined solely as a lack of income. Families also need assets, which are the building blocks of long-term economic security and the “rungs” needed to climb the economic ladder. They need to be able to rely on responsible financial services that help build and not destroy those assets. Thus, any comprehensive strategy to combat poverty must include strengthening the assets of low-income families, from home equity, to savings to pensions and retirement accounts.

People who are asset-poor live on the edge of financial disaster. They are the families who, in the face of unexpected crises, such as layoffs or serious illness, will deplete their savings and other assets within 12 weeks while living at the poverty level.
 

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02:51 PM Mar 02, 2009 - 0 comments permalink


Task Force Concern on Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Public Schools

Adopted by the 2008 JCPA Plenum

In order to make responsible, healthy decisions, young people need sexuality education that is proven to be effective and will provide the public health information that will keep them safe. Comprehensive sexuality education programs have been found to be effective in delaying the onset of sexual intercourse, reducing the number of sexual partners, and increasing contraception and condom use. These programs include material that:

 

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04:22 PM Feb 26, 2008 - 0 comments permalink


Task Force Concern on Climate Change and Poverty

Adopted by the 2008 JCPA Plenum

In 2007, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded that warming of the climate system is “unequivocal.” Climate change has already led to observable increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising sea levels. Eleven of the last twelve years (1995-2006) rank among the twelve warmest years in the instrumental record of global surface temperature (since 1850). Our response to this crisis must take into consideration the predicament that those who have contributed the least to the problem stand to suffer the most from it.

 

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04:16 PM Feb 26, 2008 - 0 comments permalink


Task Force Concern on Predatory Lending

Adopted by the 2008 JCPA Plenum


Predatory lending, defined as “the practice of a lender deceptively convincing borrowers to agree to unfair and abusive loan terms, or systematically violating those terms in ways that make it difficult for the borrower to defend against” is a rapidly growing problem in America, and is of particular concern as its victims are disproportionately minorities, the elderly, and female-headed households.

 

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04:12 PM Feb 26, 2008 - 0 comments permalink


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