Prison Religion: Faith-Based Reform and the Constitution

Prison Religion: Faith-Based Reform and the Constitution

by Winnifred Fallers Sullivan
     
 

"More than the citizens of most countries, Americans are either religious or in jail - or both. But what does it mean when imprisonment and evangelization actually go hand in hand, or at least appear to? What do "faith-based" prison programs mean for the constitutional separation of church and state, particularly when prisoners who participate get special privileges?… See more details below

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"More than the citizens of most countries, Americans are either religious or in jail - or both. But what does it mean when imprisonment and evangelization actually go hand in hand, or at least appear to? What do "faith-based" prison programs mean for the constitutional separation of church and state, particularly when prisoners who participate get special privileges? In Prison Religion, law and religion scholar Winnifred Fallers Sullivan takes up these and other important questions through a close examination of a recent trial challenging the constitutionality of a faith-based residential rehabilitation program in an Iowa state prison, a trial in which she served as an expert witness for the prisoner-plaintiffs." Using the trial to illuminate the interrelationship of American law and religion today, Prison Religion argues that the plaintiffs' case unintentionally shows that separation of church and state is no longer possible because religious authority has radically shifted from institutions to individuals, making it difficult to define religion, let alone disentangle it from the state. In the course of advancing this unconventional view, Prison Religion casts new light on church-state law, the debate over government-funded faith-based programs, and the predicament of prisoners who have precious little choice about what kind of rehabilitation they receive, if they are offered any at all.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691133591
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
02/17/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments....................ix
Introduction....................1
Chapter 1 The God Pod....................19
Chapter 2 A Prison Like No Other....................64
Chapter 3 Biblical Justice....................94
Chapter 4 The Way We Live Now....................140
Chapter 5 Beyond Church and State....................180
Conclusion....................227
Notes....................237
Bibliography....................273
Index....................293

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