Jens Soering

Jens Soering's book The Convict Christ: What the Gospel Says About Criminal Justice (Orbis, 2006) won first prize in the "social concerns" category in the 2007 Catholic Press Association Awards.

Seventeen-year-old Liam Q. joined the U.S. Navy to see the world. His test scores marked him for further training in a technical specialty, but Liam wanted to steer an aircraft carrier, so the navy made him a helmsman. As every sailor knows, shore leave is the most dangerous part of any cruise, and this turned out to be true for Liam. He fell in love with an older woman and was convicted of shooting her husband. In 1983, at the age of 19, he embarked on a different kind of cruise: a life sentence “up the river.”
August 12, 2008