**Media Advisory** Sen. Proos named part of national, bipartisan effort to advance a more restorative criminal justice system

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Senator joins federal and state leaders to form new Faith & Justice Fellowship

Senator John Proos

Senator John Proos

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Proos was announced on Friday as a founding member of the Faith & Justice Fellowship, a bipartisan group of members of Congress, state executives and state legislators committed to prioritizing and advancing restorative values in criminal justice reforms.

Prison Fellowship, the nation’s largest outreach to prisoners, former prisoners and their families, announced the creation of the fellowship with the mission of building, informing and inspiring a movement of policymakers and voters who believe that human dignity and redemption should be represented in our national dialogue on criminal justice.

Motivated by their various faith traditions, members are committed to working with each other to reach the shared goal of restoration for communities, victims and people who commit crimes.

Who:
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, chairman of the Michigan Senate Appropriations subcommittee for the Judiciary and Corrections budgets; Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley; Craig DeRoche, Prison Fellowship’s senior vice president of advocacy and public policy; and additional Faith & Justice Fellowship members.

What:
Press briefing and media conference call.

When:
Wednesday, May 25 at 11:30 a.m. (press briefing) and 2:30 p.m. (conference call).

Where:
Via phone and at Faith & Action building prayer garden, 109 2nd St. NE, Washington, DC.

Brief:
To join the media events in person or by phone, please RSVP to pfm@demoss.com by 10 a.m. on May 25. Those joining by phone will be provided a call-in number.

The founding members of the Faith & Justice Fellowship include:

Federal:
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas
U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill.
U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Ill.
U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah
U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C.

State:
State Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph
Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley
State Sen. Konni Burton, R-Texas
State Rep. Rob Hutton, R-Wis.
State Rep. Matt Krause, R-Texas
State Del. Dave LaRock, R-Virginia
State Sen. Cam Ward, R-Ala.

About Prison Fellowship:
Prison Fellowship was founded in 1976 by Charles Colson, a former aide to President Nixon who served a seven-month sentence for a Watergate-related crime. Today, the Christian nonprofit is the nation’s largest outreach to prisoners, former prisoners and their families, and a leading advocate for criminal justice reform. With 40 years of experience helping restore men and women behind bars, Prison Fellowship advocates for federal and state criminal justice reforms that transform those responsible for crime, validate victims and encourage communities to play a role in creating a safe, redemptive and just society.

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