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Crime and Reconciliation: Creative Options for Victims and Offenders

Umbreit, Mark S
June 4, 2015

Source: (1985) Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press.

This report describes the operations and assumptions of the Indiana-based Prisoner and Community Together (PACT) program. A biblical perspective on crime and punishment suggests that: responding to crime should involve both the victim and the offender; the process of responding should be personalized; the criminal justice system should not focus exclusively on crimes by the poor and minorities; reliance on incarceration should be reduced; and Christians should be involved in an active ministry in support of crime victims. Three models of citizen intervention are identified, described and assessed: victim-offender reconciliation, community service restitution, and community halfway houses.


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