Putting Faith in Prison Programs, and Its Constitutionality Under Thomas Jefferson's Faith-Based Initiative

6 Ave Maria Law Review 341 (2008)

46 Pages Posted: 19 Feb 2013

Date Written: February 21, 2008

Abstract

Authored by one of the attorneys in the U.S. Department of Justice who helped establish the Faith-Based & Community Initiative, this article briefly discusses the Initiative, and further examines the “faith factor” in prisoner rehabilitation. This article includes the current involvement of religious organizations in prison rehabilitation, and addresses the question of whether faith transforms the lives of prisoners. This article further discusses the Founders’ intent with respect to the Establishment Clause, which was to protect the religious conscience of Americans, and not to prohibit the flow of public funds to faith-based organizations to perform social services effectively.

Keywords: faith-based, prison programs, Establishment Clause, faith-based prisoner rehabilitation, Faith-Based & Community Initiative, prisoner recidivism, Prison Fellowship Ministries, Amachi, effectiveness of faith-based prison programs, InnerChange Freedom Initiative, Kairos Horizon, Transition of Prisoner

JEL Classification: K19, K39

Suggested Citation

Davids, James A., Putting Faith in Prison Programs, and Its Constitutionality Under Thomas Jefferson's Faith-Based Initiative (February 21, 2008). 6 Ave Maria Law Review 341 (2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2220343

James A. Davids (Contact Author)

Regent University School of Law ( email )

1000 Regent University Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
United States
757/352-4783 (Phone)

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