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Stay in Faith, A better life is on the horizon

Social Justice Blog

Social Justice Blog

Compassion and re-socializing formerly incarcerated into society

Posted on November 16, 2015 at 9:15 PM

The mere existence of substantive measures of administering faith based methods of rehabilitation to prisoners promotes the belief that prisoners may become more social being if they attend religious services. Currently the primary form of rehabilitation in prison is through faith based ministries (Gerace and Day, 2010). Faith based programs often emphasize the values of compassion, forgiveness and positive contributions to society (Gerace and Day, 2010). The paradigm of prisoners changing to embrace a prosocial stance is a belief that prisoners can be rehabilitated. The paradigm that prisoners can serve their time and return ready to accept the duties and responsibility was the world view during the 50’s through the 70’s (Phelps, 2011). The pre 70’s stance was based on New Testament virtues and the great commandment of Love and forgiveness. Unfortunately, such virtues are not accepted practices in today non-sectarian world. Of course there is justification under the law to prosecute and penalize criminals. This is not the intent of this statement to expect criminals to go free. Education and evangelism tools to re-socialize criminals are based on the beatitudes and basic Christianity beliefs. Reform through faith depends on the ability of the offender to internalize Christian values and act or react based on those values. One in every three female inmates attend faith based services which provides a sense of being able to cope with their incarceration (Levitt and Loper, 2009).

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Categories: Reflection