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Rehabilitating Our Criminal Justice System By Rev. Michael F. Blevins, J.D., M.Div., LL.M. Executive Director of the NE Iowa Peace & Justice Center, Inc., Decorah, IA The article is also located here. An excerpt: The United States is the world's leader in incarceration with 2.3 million people currently in the nation's prisons or jails—an astounding 500% increase over the past thirty years. These trends have resulted in inhumane prison overcrowding and state governments being overwhelmed…

Spirituality of Penal Abolition

WN: Ruth Morris, Canadian Quaker who won numerous humanitarian awards, invited me to present this paper at ICOPA IX in 2000. ICOPA stands for: International Conference on Penal Abolition. It was the ninth conference, held in Toronto, where the first such conference, then on "Prison Abolition", was held, also organized by Ruth. The paper was prepared for a book of readings from the conference, one that never happened. Ruth was a dear friend who died…

Transformative Justice Vision and Spirituality: M2/W2 Association and The Criminal Justice System

This paper was done in May 2002 for a presentation at a Correctional Service of Canada institution. I do not recall the particular arrangements. An excerpt: Violence is the Ethos of our Times “Violence is the ethos of our times”, begins one writer’s robust assessment of contemporary Western culture (Wink, Engaging the Powers: Discernment and Resistance in a World of Domination, 1992, p. 13). By “violence” is meant the deliberate infliction of harm upon another…

‘In the Middle:’ Biblical Reflections on Restorative Justice

Tom Yoder Neufeld presented this to the Mennonite Central Committee Canada Restorative Justice Network in Winnipeg in 2003. It well deserves a current readership. The second footnote below was a reader compiled by me for MCCC. An excerpt: I have been asked to reflect on Restorative Justice in relation both to ways the Bible supports, undergirds, and nourishes the roots and practices of Restorative Justice, and also ways in which the Bible might subject what…

Capital Punishment

WN: I was invited to dialogue with Dr. Richard Land of (later) “The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission” of the Southern Baptist Convention. The dialogue was organized by the Presbyterian Church in Alaska, and took place March 22, 1997 at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. It was teleconferenced throughout Alaska including into the Juneau legislature, and also translated simultaneously for the deaf. Questions were posed from the university audience and from the teleconferencing sites. There…

Transformative Justice Vision and Spirituality

Much of this material first appeared in The Spiritual Roots of Restorative Justice, “Christianity: The Rediscovery of Restorative Justice”, editor, Michael Hadley, by Pierre Allard and Wayne Northey; New York: SUNY Press, 2001. In August 1998, all contributors to the above book project converged on Sorrento Centre for a week. The book project and week at Sorrento were organized by the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, under the leadership of the eventual book's…

The Sex Offender as Scapegoat

Vigilante Violence and a Faith Community Response by Hugh Kirkegaard & Wayne Northey It was my friend Hugh Kirkegaard who inspired this paper; had worked closely in Toronto (as Community Chaplain, Correctional Services of Canada (CSC) - now (2014) Director of Chaplaincy, Atlantic Region, CSC) with Bobby Oatway. He arranged for funding for us to attend the COV&R (Colloquium on Violence and Religion) conference at Emory University, Atlanta in 1999. It has been translated, published…

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