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NCJ Number: 119406 Find in a Library
Title: Yoke of Anger: A Brief Look at the Lives of Four Inmates (From Crime, Values, and Religion, P 211-233, 1987, James M Day and William S Laufer, eds. -- See NCJ-119399)
Author(s): J G Arnold III
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 23
Sponsoring Agency: Ablex Publishing Corporation
Norwood, NJ 07648
Sale Source: Ablex Publishing Corporation
355 Chestnut Street
Norwood, NJ 07648
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Four inmates reveal the role of religious values and experiences in their return to a productive life.
Abstract: The first inmate emphasizes his religious conversion after a life of dependency. He learned to be dependent from an upbringing that made him feel unworthy and evil. Counseling enabled him to establish his self-worth, and the counselor believed this was due in large part to religious faith. The second inmate details her life as an orphan and as the victim of sexual abuse by her foster family. While in prison, she attended a religious crusade and was converted. After release from prison, she married and now has a family; she still recognizes the role of religion in her life. The third inmate became a Christian while in prison, even though he stated he attended church regularly prior to incarceration. Despite regular church attendance, he was abused as a child, and subsequently committed and was jailed for sex offenses. He indicates that Christianity is a growth process that has made him want to compensate for the harm he has done. The fourth inmate says that religion has given him the strength to pursue his career goal of becoming a minister. The author notes that all four inmates managed to deal with their anger toward family members and the world in general through religion.
Main Term(s): Inmate religious affiliation
Index Term(s): Inmate characteristics
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