Index of Position Papers

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND AS YOU VIEW THESE PAPERS:

1. Very competent and professional people have planned and conducted the Convocations, but they have been totally volunteers.
2. Highest priorities have been placed on having the best programs and speakers and on keeping the cost low for people.
3. The Convocations have been going on for over 20 years.
4. Each year there are different people preparing the Convocation and attending it.
5. People who are not professional writers usually compose the papers.
6. Usually, the Convocation is only given the options to “approve” or to “not approve” the proposed papers.

CONSEQUENTLY

1. The papers may not always be PERFECTLY consistent in their content.
2. The papers may not all possess the highest quality of writing.
3. Not everyone at the Convocations agrees with EVERYTHING in the papers.
4. We do not have a record here of ALL of the actions, which the Convocation has approved over the years (see: Evolution).

1997
97-01 ON-GOING LETTER WRITING TO OPPOSE DEATH PENALTY
Authorizes Steering Committee to write letters in the name of the Convocation throughout the year. (Sample letter)

97-02 CALLS FOR AN END TO INJUSTICES CAUSED BY OVERCROWDING

97-03 RESOLUTIONS ON DISPARITY OF SENTENCING, LACK OF REHABILITATION AND DEATH PENALTY PRACTICES

97-04 RECOMMENDATIONS FOR TREATMENT OF JUVENILES IN THE SYSTEM

97-05 OPPOSES THE LIMITING OF POST CONVICTION HABEAS CORPUS
(Sample letter)

97-06 OPPOSES THE DEATH PENALTY ESPECIALLY FOR CHILDREN
Speaks out against seeking the death penalty in the capital trial case of Azikiwe Kambule. (Letter)

1998
98-01 OPPOSES FURTHER LEGALIZATION OF THE DEATH PENALTY
Urges States without death penalty to resist it. (Letter to the State of Michigan)

98-02 OPPOSES PRIVATIZED / FOR-PROFIT JAILS AND PRISONS
(Statement of Catholic bishops of the South)

1999
99-01 AFFIRMS THE RIGHT OF EX-OFFENDERS TO VOTE

99-02 AFFIRMS THE RIGHT OF THE INCARCERATED TO EXERCISE THEIR FREEDOM OF RELIGION

99-03 CALLS FOR A MORATORIUM ON CONSTRUCTION OF PRISONS

2000
00-01 CALLS FOR THE CLOSING OF “SUPERMAX” FACILITIES

2001
01-01 OPPOSES THE USE OF THE DEATH PENALTY ESPECIALLY AGAINST THOSE WHO ARE DIAGNOSED AS MENTALLY RETARDED

2004
04-01 OPPOSES AND CONDEMNS AND CALLS FOR A STOP TO ALL TORTURE IN PRISONS HERE AND ABROAD
(Letter | Reply)

2006
06-01 JOINT STATEMENT WITH THE AMERICAN CATHOLIC CORRECTIONAL CHAPLAINS ASSOCIATION ON THE INCARCERATION OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

2007
07-01 THE NATIONAL CONVOCATION SUPPORTS THE USE OF VIDEOTAPING IN ALL CRIMINAL INTERROGATIONS AND QUESTIONING REGARDLESS OF THE NATURE OF THE OFFENSE BEING INVESTIGATED

2011
11-01 THE CONVOCATION OPPOSES REPRESSIVE AND COUNTERPRODUCTIVE POLICES IN DEALING WITH THE DEBT OF CHILD SUPPORT IN THE CASE OF THE INCARCERATION