What is CURE?
CURE is a national organization dedicated to the reduction of crime through the reform of the criminal justice system (special focus on prison reform).
- CURE began in 1972 in San Antonio, Texas, when families of prisoners and concerned citizens went to the legislature to work against the death penalty
- In 1975, CURE organized with a constitution and annual convention
- In 1985, CURE became a national organization and established an office in Washington DC
- In 2005, CURE became an international organization with the addition of CURE chapters in Canada
- Mississippi CURE chapter was formed in 2005
What are Mississippi CURE’s goals?
- Prisons need to be used for those who absolutely must be incarcerated
- Prisoners have all the resources they need to turn their lives around
- To achieve a reduction in crime by promoting the rehabilitation of errants
- To promote the humane treatment of errants and their families
- To engage in any and all activities necessary or appropriate to raise funds for the purpose of the Corporation including solicitation of contributions from public and private sources.
- To offer support understanding and when appropriate education for the families including spouses and children of incarcerated persons
Where is CURE active?
Most states have CURE chapters as well as a number of other nations.
CURE has six special issue chapters which focus on rehabilitative reforms for prisoners who are:
- On death row
- Sex offenders
- In Federal prison
- From others countries
What do members receive?
- Mississippi CURE newsletters
- National CURE quarterly newsletter
- Annual invitation to national convention and state activities of MS Chapter
- Opportunities to network with other prison reform groups
- Opportunities to improve prison life
- Access to self-help pamphlets for inmates and their family members
Who supports CURE?
Membership is over 15,000 people world wide including sponsors of Members of Congress and US Senators
Is CURE soft on crime?
No, CURE supports its issues with both sound reasoning and research. Common sense arguments show overwhelmingly that CURE issues reduce crime. Anti -crime issues save the taxpayer money.
What are Mississippi CURE’s issues?
- Abolition of death penalty.
- Moratorium of prison construction.
- Community Corrections
- Restorative/healing justice by encounters
- Between offender and victim
- Increase in meaningful education and job training for prisoners
- Professional Corrections
- Strengthening prison/family ties
- Reducing the overpricing of Prisoner Phone
- Calls by filing comments with FC and conducting national campaign to reduce these costs. (DONE)
- Remove the restrictions in prison on voting and employment
- Release of incarcerated veterans into services
- Provided by the Veterans Administration
- Treatment for crime producing addictions
- Promote prison visitation and phone contact
- Standards for the American Correctional Association
- Improve the quality of food in MS Prison