The Value Of Religion In Prison: An Inmate Perspective
In recent years, religious programming for inmates is being applauded by some as the latest answer to recidivism. Policy makers and correctional officials alike are among the supporters of these programs that go well beyond conventional prison ministry. The emphasis in promoting the expansion of religion-based programs indeed lies in the claim that faith in a higher power prevents relapse into criminal activity better than secular strategies. Whether this claim can be consistently validated remains unclear. Moreover, the sustained focus on religion's utility in preventing future criminal conduct diminishes religion's immediate value to the inmate during the term of incarceration. With this latter function in mind, this article reports findings from qualitative inquiries conducted in several prisons nationwide. Designed to reveal the meaning of religion to inmates, the study calls attention to the role of religion in preventing devaluation and fostering survival. © 2000, Sage Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.
Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice
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Clear, Todd R.; Hardyman, Patricia L.; and Stout, Bruce, "The Value Of Religion In Prison: An Inmate Perspective" (2000). Scopus Export 2000s. 946.