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Faith-based efforts to improve prisoner reentry

Title: Faith-based efforts to improve prisoner reentry: Assessing the logic and evidence.
Name(s): Mears, Daniel P., author
Roman, Caterina G., author
Wolff, Ashley, author
Buck, Janeen, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Journal Article
Date Issued: 2006-07-10
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Prisoner reentry constitutes one of the central criminal justice challenges confronting U.S. society. Coinciding with this emerging social problem has been increased policymaker interest in faith-based programs to improve outcomes for vulnerable populations, including released prisoners. Critical questions about the nature and effects of faith-based reentry programs remain largely unaddressed, however: (1) What is a “faith-based” program? (2) How does or could such a program reduce recidivism and improve other behavioral outcomes among released offenders? (3) What is the evidence concerning the impacts of faith-based reentry programs? (4) What are critical implementation issues that may affect the operations and impacts of such programs? This article examines each of these questions and identifies critical conceptual, theoretical, and research gaps in the literature. It highlights that the term “faith-based” is used inconsistently, that the precise causal relationship, if any, between various measures of faith and crime remains in question, and that few rigorous evaluations of faith-based reentry programs exist. It then discusses recommendations for improving knowledge and practice.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1548357875_50ae2157 (IID), 10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2006.05.002 (DOI)
Keywords: faith-based, religion, prisoner reentry, effectiveness
Publication Note: The version of record can be found at
Grant Number: 2004-DD-BX-1123
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Host Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Journal of Criminal Justice.
Issue: iss. 4, vol. 34

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Mears, D. P., Roman, C. G., Wolff, A., & Buck, J. (2006). Faith-based efforts to improve prisoner reentry: Assessing the logic and evidence. Journal Of Criminal Justice. Retrieved from