"When we have family members who are left behind, waiting for those who are incarcerated and wondering if anyone remembers them, the church of Jesus Christ needs to be at the forefront of that," he said.
"We have a criminal justice system that does not stop crime, but in many cases actually furthers crime — making criminals out of those who are not yet criminals [and] ignoring those who have been victims of crime," said Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. "I think most of us in American life can agree our criminal justice system doesn't work the way it's supposed to. We should fix it. And, as evangelical Christians, we should be among the first to say so."