This chapter explores how public theology challenges criminal justice orthodoxies by asking, provocatively, whether Christianity has been hijacked by imprisonment. The question is systematically explored with reference to three, interrelated, strands: (1) the moral question of ‘seriousness of offence’ which undergirds the sanction of imprisonment; (2) the development of ‘Relational Justice’ as a reform dynamic for criminal justice and prison reform; and (3) the role of faith-based units in prisons.
|Title of host publication||Public Theology and Criminology|
|Subtitle of host publication||On Hope, Mercy and Restoration|
|Publisher||University of Bristol Press|
|Publication status||In preparation - 15 Jul 2019|
- Relational Justice
- Faith based programmes
- Biblical law
Burnside, J. (2019). Three Intersections in Criminology and Public Theology. Manuscript in preparation. In A. Millie (Ed.), Public Theology and Criminology: On Hope, Mercy and Restoration University of Bristol Press.