Those who work in the Criminal Justice System are trying to square diminishing resources and increasing demands, at the same time as trying to balance justice and mercy. They need bold vision and imagination, wisdom and discernment and our support, for they act on our behalf.
Gracious God, with you all things are possible. Be present with all those who seek to administer justice wisely and well. Give to them a bold vision, and your Spirit of wisdom and discernment as they try to balance justice with mercy amid demands for harsh and punitive sentences. Surround them with the grace and strength needed to carry these heavy responsibilities. We ask this in the name of our eternal arbiter and judge, Christ Jesus. Amen