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Faith factor research in crime and delinquency. Center for Crime and Justice Policy, Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies.

Johnson, Byron
June 4, 2015

Source: Typed manuscript (photocopy). Nashville, Tennessee: Vanderbilt Universit y.

In the midst of serious issues concerning youth crime rates and responses to juvenile delinquency, Johnson refers to studies that indicate the effectiveness of religious participation among youth in reducing the probability of various crimes. Nevertheless, religion has generally been neglected as a factor in social science research. Johnson therefore identifies areas related to faith-based initiatives that need to be developed further through research. Specific areas include the following roles of the faith community: early intervention for at-risk youth; providing coordinated community responses; linking the faith community to youth mentoring; linking the faith community to schools; alternative sentencing; and mentoring and aftercare for prisoners and ex-prisoners.


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