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Many have been intrigued with the potential role of religion, religious practices, or faith-based groups in changing people’s lives, and thus, for example, in reducing crime and delinquency. Over the last several decades scientists have employed empirical studies to answer some of the questions about this role. The authors of this paper review both research on the influence or impact of religion on various social and behavioral outcomes and research on the effectiveness of faith-based organizations. They also outline relevant policy recommendations.