Finding Freedom in Confinement: The Role of Religion in Prison Life, 1st Edition

  • Kent R. Kerley
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  • ISBN-10: 1440850321
  • ISBN-13: 9781440850325
  • DDC: 365.665
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 425 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released March 2018
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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What is the nature and impact of faith and religion in prison? This book summarizes contemporary and cutting-edge research on religion in correctional contexts, enabling a scientific understanding of how prisoners use faith in their everyday lives.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Perspectives on Religion in Prison Settings.
1: Faith and Service: Pathways to Identity Transformation and Correctional Reform.
2: Religion and Desistance: Working with Sexual and Violent Offenders.
3: Religious Rites and Rights of Prisoners in the United States.
4: “We Serve Forgotten Men”: Structural Charity versus Religious Freedom in Serving Ex-Offenders.
5: A Theological Critique of the “Correctional” System.
Religion in Prison in the United States.
6: Religion and Prison Violence.
7: The Effects of Religion on the Prisonization of Incarcerated Juveniles in Faith-Based Facilities.
8: Religion Postprison: Roles Faith Played in Colson Scholars’ Convict-to-Collegian Transition.
9: Prison, Religion and Conversion: The Prisoner’s Narrative Experience.
10: Reading Scripture in Exile: Favorite Scriptures among Maximum-Security Inmates Participating in Prison Seminary Programs.
11: Backgrounds and Motivations of Prison Chaplains.
12: Restrictions on Inmate Freedom of Religious Practice: A National and International Perspective.
Religion in Prison outside the United States.
13: Faith Provision, Institutional Power, and Meaning among Muslim Prisoners in Two English High-Security Prisons.
14: Breaking the Prison-Jihadism Pipeline: Prison and Religious Extremism in the War on Terror.
15: Orthodox Judaism as a Pathway to Desistance: A Study of Religion and Reentry in Israeli Prisons†.
16: Religious Diversity in Swiss and Italian Prisons: Combining Institutional and Inmate Perspectives.
17: Incarcerated Child Sexual Offenders and the Reinvention of Self through Religious and Spiritual Affiliation‡.
18: Assessing the Past, Present, and Future of Research on Religion in Prison.
About the Editor and Contributors.