Shalom! A Journal for the Practice of Reconciliation is a quarterly publication of the Brethren in Christ Church. Its mission is to educate and stimulate Christ-like responses to the needs of society by providing biblical, theological, sociological, denominational and personal perspectives on a variety of comtemporary issues.
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Summer 2013, Prison and Ex-Offender Ministries
According to the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2011 one in every 107 people in the United States was in prison or jail; almost seven million people were under some form of criminal justice supervision (including almost five million on probation or parole); and the American incarceration rate of 716 people per 100,000 is the highest in the world. While the rate of incarceration dropped in 2012 for the third straight year, apparently attributable to a change in approach to crime and punishment, there are still more than 1.5 million people in state and federal prisons. That's a lot of people in need of a friendly letter, a visit, a helping hand upon release from prison, a practical demonstration of God's love. This edition of Shalom! explores how Christians can be involved in ministries to prisoners and ex-offenders, and tells the stories of some who have experienced the criminal justice system firsthand.
Client Development Assessment Wheel (pdf), referenced in Lou Astuto's article on "Re-Entry Management" on page 5.