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Three Intersections in Criminology and Public Theology

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPublic Theology and Criminology
Subtitle of host publicationOn Hope, Mercy and Restoration
EditorsAndrew Millie
Publisher or commissioning bodyUniversity of Bristol Press
DateIn preparation - 15 Jul 2019


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.

    Research areas

  • Prisons, Relational Justice, Faith based programmes, Bible, Biblical law


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