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Convicted: New Hope for Ending America’s Crime Crisis

Colson, Charles
June 4, 2015

Source: (1989) Westchester, IL: Crossway Books, 109p.

This essay describes the problems inherent in U.S. prisons, jails, courtrooms and communities, and emphasizes the need for a new philosophy to deal with crime. Topics include: the “real” roots of crime; prisons as “graduate schools in crime”; how biblical solutions can succeed where man’s efforts have failed; restorative justice as a new foundation for criminal justice; and how to help victims, who are often further victimized by an indifferent, impersonal criminal justice system. Successful programs: victim assistance, restitution, community service, intensive supervision, victim-offender reconciliation programs, and community control: are outlined, and ways in which the public can contribute are suggested.


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