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NCJ Number: 134123 Find in a Library
Title: Justice, Guilt and Forgiveness in the Penal System
Author(s): T Morris; A Duff; R Preston; T Bottoms
Corporate Author: University of Edinburgh
United Kingdom
Editor(s): D Garland
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 71
Sponsoring Agency: University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, Scotland
Publication Number: ISBN 1-870126-08-4
Sale Source: University of Edinburgh
United Kingdom
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: These four papers explore the principals and assumptions on which British corrections policies rest and ways in which Christian theology might help formulate or even transform the moral framework in which correctional institutions currently operate.
Abstract: The papers were developed by a committee formed in 1988 who determined that the themes of justice, guilt, forgiveness, and vocation were central to the consideration of the relationship between Christian theology and practical issues in criminal justice. It noted that corrections policies easily express condemnation of offenders and enforce their exclusion from society, but focus little time or money on the processes of reconciling or resettling offenders and the basic Christian value of forgiveness. In addition, corrections personnel have difficulty maintaining a sense of vocation in view of the practical difficulties involved in working with offenders. Chapter reference lists and list of other publications from the same organization
Main Term(s): Religion
Index Term(s): Correctional reform; Criminal justice system policy; Sentencing reform; United Kingdom (UK)
Note: Occasional Paper No. 18
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