My state has the same number of churches as prisoners. This fact haunts me.
Imprisonment in this country is long on punishment and shamefully short on rehabilitation.
Marie Gottschalk describes an American penal system that has all but abandoned any real attempt to rehabilitate its inmates.
Bruce Dancis is keenly intelligent, soft-spoken, and possessed of a quiet dignity. So is his new memoir of his time as a draft resister.
In the context of a seminary class behind bars, Jesus' question to Simon is a probing and challenging one.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Letters and Papers from Prison comes under the category of “Books to Be Read on an Annual Basis”—like Augustine’s Confessions, King Lear, or anything by Flannery O’Connor. In general, we read too many books and return to too few.
When I met Jonah I noticed two things: he was wracked with overwhelming guilt and very much wanted to die, and he knew the Bible.
In a recent interview with the Century, Michelle Alexander, the civil rights lawyer and author of The New Jim Crow, wonders about the stigma in many churches attached to people who have been recently released from prisons. “The deep irony,” she says,” is that the very folks who ought to be the most sensitive to the demonization of the ‘despised,’ the prisoners, have been complicit and silent.” But the kinds of conversations that Alexander’s book seems to demand are very difficult to have--in churches and outside them.