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
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
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