Source: Malibu, CA: Outreach Extensions.

Faith into Action was developed to assist clergy of African descent, the broader faith community, and community groups who work with religious organizations to build stronger communities. Faith institutions’ involvement with criminal justice in the United States dates back to the eighteenth century and the establishment of penitentiaries by American Quakers. This particular resource guide is intended to assist contemporary people of faith and faith institutions with issues and activities related to ministry in the criminal justice sphere. After an introduction to the historical relationship between faith institutions and criminal justice, the guide provides information on Scriptural support for the responsibilities of the faith community to those who are imprisoned, data on the prison population, strategies for faith institutions to reach out to offenders and ex-offenders, and a survey of best practices and resources among faith institutions.