Source: (1995) The IARCA Journal 6 (June): 13-19, 47.

O’Connor examines two closely related issues: (1) the relationship between religion, prisons, and offenders; and (2) the effects of religious programming on prisons, the community, and offenders. He argues that volunteer religious programs in corrections are crucial for three reasons: (1) they help change the lives of some offenders, thereby reducing recidivism; (2) they mobilize the community in society’s struggle with crime; and (3) they increase morale and pro-social behavior in prisons. O’Connor presents research data in support of these arguments.