Source: Paper commissioned by the New York State Community of Churches. Albany, New York: New York State Community of Churches.
To assist churches and church people to respond faithfully to those hurt by crime and those who perpetrate crime, Mackey explores the Jewish and Christian faith traditions. In particular she reflects on Scriptural perspectives of justice in terms of certain visual images â€“ scales, rods, compassionate intervention, and prevention of violence. She continues by discussing Scriptural perspectives on justice and restorative values. This leads to comments on restorative justice and the roles of people of faith, with specific attention to basic criminal justice issues such as the death penalty, victimsâ€™ issues, expansion of prison, and sentencing issues.
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