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February 9, 2007

Warm reception in chilly London

Iej_logo I am just back from London.... London, Ohio, that is, after participating in this terrific seminar sponsored by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction on "Faith Based Programming, Reentry and Recidivism."  In addition to being warmly treated by the audience during my presentation, I gained lots and lots of insights from my co-panelists and from a fascinating presentation given by Steven McFarland, Director of the Task Force for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives for the US Justice Department. 

Among other things I learned in my sojourn was that there are so many institutions and organizations with information and resources on an array of corrections and reentry issues.  How example, this webpage from the DOJ Task Force has a number of interesting and informative publication.  Likewise, the Institute for Excellence in Justice (icon above) has this great knowledge bank with various helpful resources for both academics and folks working in the field.

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I have mixed feelings about the whole faith-based prison programming thing. On the one hand, my favorite rehabilitation story is of one of my clients who completely turned her life around -- with the invaluable help of a prison ministry (the members of which continued to assist her after her release from prison and continue to assist her to this day).

On the other hand, I fear that faith-based programs could turn into programs that could simply be called: Who Would Jesus Parole?

Posted by: anonafpd | Feb 9, 2007 6:24:54 PM

Since the feds and many states do not parole anyone these days, perhaps we should start with paroling those who Jesus might like and go from there.

Posted by: Doug B. | Feb 9, 2007 9:04:54 PM

As long as we also parole those who Muhammad might like, Buddha, the Hindu elephant god, etc. . . .

Posted by: anonafpd | Feb 9, 2007 9:14:02 PM

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