Kaitlin Reece co-chairs Balancing the Scales of Justice, a task force in the Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska, that focuses on developing faithful witness to reform in the legal system.
Reece used an EES Spot Grant in summer ’20 to develop “Write for Rights,” an online training for individuals to write letters to the editor (LTEs) and editorials in support of repealing the two-year voting ban for former felons in Nebraska. Following the success of this event, she applied for a grant to help people of faith find and use their prophetic voices to speak in support of criminal justice reform, by coordinating retreats and seminars and launching a social media campaign.
To date she has developed a website and newsletter. The task force is hosting EES grantee Kathy McGregor’s On the Row in April ’21 and plans to hold a half-day virtual retreat around text for criminal justice reform. Her plans also include hosting a zoom event with members of the network and Nebraska’s Inspector General of Corrections, where participants will learn more about the current state of Nebraska’s prisons. In fall ’21 she will hold a series of retreats throughout the diocese, focusing on rural communities and expanding the network geographically and ecumenically. In February ‘22 she will hold a mock hearing/testifier training that will prepare members to testify in the legislative session.