IAHR represents people of faith and allies who educate and advocate in Maryland, DC, and Virginia for corrections systems to abolish unnecessarily punitive practices such as solitary confinement and to instead focus on rehabilitation and successful reentry of our citizens.
IAHR envisions a societal system of corrections that:
- Is free of racism,
- Is rehabilitative rather than punitive,
- Honors the dignity of each human being,
- Does not disenfranchise people upon release,
- Holds those in power accountable for implementing these principles.
IAHR envisions a society that minimizes the use of corrections by addressing the need for economic opportunity, education, and healthcare for all.
IAHR contributes to realizing this vision by bringing interfaith-based action that calls on prison reform in MD, DC (and the Federal Bureau of Prisons), and VA. We are advocating for:
- The end of all forms of brutality & torture in prisons and jails,
- Limiting the use of solitary confinement and working toward its elimination,
- The development of rehabilitative alternatives to the current system of mass incarceration and,
- Improvement of education, medical care, and mental health services for those incarcerated.
We work to provide supportive correspondents, legal and other services to incarcerated people and educate the general population on prison reform.