More God, Less Crime : How Religion and Faith-Based Approaches Reduce Crime and Foster Hope

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-05-01
  • Publisher: Templeton Foundation Pr

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In More God, Less Crimerenowned criminologist Byron R. Johnson proves that religion can be a powerful antidote to crime. The book describes how faith communities, congregations, and faith-based organizations are essential in forming partnerships necessary to provide the human and spiritual capital to effectively address crime, offender rehabilitation, and the substantial aftercare problems facing former prisoners. There is scattered research literature on religion and crime but until now, there has never been one publication that systematically and rigorously analyzes what we know from this largely overlooked body of research in a lay-friendly format. The data shows that when compared to current strategies, faith-based approaches to crime prevention bring added value in targeting those factors known to cause crime: poverty, lack of education, and unemployment. In an age of limited fiscal resources, Americans can#x19;t afford a criminal justice system that turns its nose up at volunteer efforts that could not only work better than the abysmal status quo, but also save billions of dollars at the same time. This book provides readers with practical insights and recommendations for a faith-based response that could do just that.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. xi
The Last Acceptable Prejudicep. 3
Preachers Partner with Police to Reduce Gang Violence: The Boston Miraclep. 13
Children of Prisoners: People of Faith Mentoring Children of Promisep. 27
The Center for Neighborhood Enterprise and the Violence-Free Zonep. 43
A Systematic Review of the Literature: 1944 to 2010p. 73
Can a Faith-Based Prison Reduce Recidivism?p. 99
Can a Faith-Based Prison Rehabilitate Inmates?p. 117
Jailhouse Religion, Spiritual Transformation, and Long-Term Changep. 155
Why Religion Mattersp. 171
Prisoner Reentry and Aftercarep. 185
Not by Faith Alone: The Need for Intermediariesp. 203
Acknowledgmentsp. 219
Appendixesp. 221
Notesp. 259
Indexp. 283
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