A number of sheriffs have said that they are concerned for the safety of American citizens after close to 6,000 inmates were released from federal prison earlier in November.
A Fox News report featured several of the sheriffs speaking out against the decision by the U.S. Sentencing Commission, which decided to reduce sentences for most drug trafficking offenses. As many as 46,000 inmates incarcerated on various drug offenses are hoping to have their cases reviewed.
"There's no transition here, there's no safety net. This is the biggest sham they are trying to sell the American people," said Sheriff Paul Babeu of Arizona's Pinal County. more >>
A 28-year-old pregnant pastor's wife, mother and pastor's daughter who was shot in the head during a home invasion in Indianapolis on Tuesday died Wednesday despite a desperate attempt to save her life with medicine and prayers.
Amanda Blackburn, the departed wife of Pastor Davey Blackburn of Resonate Church, is also the youngest daughter of Pastor Phil Byars of First Baptist Church, Elkhart in Bristol, Indiana.
She and her husband had moved to Indianapolis in January of 2012 to start Resonate Church with the help of megachurch Pastor Perry Noble of NewSpring Church in South Carolina. more >>
Christian women raped in Pakistan have a hard time achieving justice because they fear it will only endanger their whole family.
In November 2014, two Muslim men were accused of kidnapping and raping Christian sisters in the Pakistani village of Jaranwala. But before the trial even started, the teenage rape victims were threatened with death and the suspects were acquitted last month, according to a Morning Star News report cited by World Mag.
The home of the Christian rape victims were sprayed with bullets before the trial began. After the trial, the girls' father moved them to a safer place for fear that they will be killed. He said they never got justice for what the two Muslim men did to her daughters. more >>
In April 2014, the U.S. Sentencing Commission changed federal sentencing guidelines which reduced sentences for some federal drug offenders. In July 2014, the ability for those already serving time in federal prison was made retroactive for those serving under the old guidelines. They were then able to petition the court to have their cases reviewed under the lower sentencing guidelines.
This change has affected sentence terms of 13,177 individuals and as of November 1, 2015, 6,000 inmates have been released.
As leaders in the Christian Community Development Association, serving on the Mass Incarceration Taskforce, we have a strong sense of urgency around prison reform because we see firsthand the impacts incarceration has had on our communities. more >>
One year after the burning deaths of a Pakistani Christian couple for their alleged desecration of a Quran, fear still runs rampant within Christian communities of Punjab province since no assailants of the crime have been convicted and the vast majority remain at-large.
In November of last year, Shama and Shahzad Masih, a married couple with four children living in a community near Lahore, were attacked and murdered by a Muslim mob after witnesses claimed they found pages of the Quran in their trash.
On the anniversary of the murders, many within the community have expressed frustration with local officials regarding the progress of the investigation — or lack thereof. more >>
Aggressively enforcing their interpretation of Shariah law, Islamic State militants have released a new video showing two alleged thieves in Western Syria blindfolded, bound, and flanked by members of the terror group as each has a hand chopped off with a meat cleaver.
The news and entertainment site Heavy.com published the graphic video on Saturday which shows a propagandist for IS explaining the punishment to onlookers before their hands are severed.
Heavy reports that the amputations took place in Welayat Homs, a city that's controlled by radical Islamic jihadists. more >>