Faith communities adding urgency to calls for prison reform

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Prisoners in Sugar Land, Texas, celebrate 10 years, graduation and baptisms along with daily life in the a prison unit served by the InnerChange program developed by Christian ministry Prison Fellowship. Courtesy of Kevin Vandiver

Prisoners in Sugar Land, Texas, celebrate 10 years, graduation and baptisms along with daily life in the a prison unit served by the InnerChange program developed by Christian ministry Prison Fellowship. Courtesy of Kevin Vandiver

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(RNS) In an era when most faith groups’ political priorities align predictably with the two major parties, it is refreshing to behold a truly diverse religious consensus on an issue.

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  • If America’s government were biblical, tax-paid prisons would be superfluous.

    According to biblical law, convicted capital criminals are to be put to death expeditiously (Ecclesiastes 8:11).

    Non-capital criminals are to pay two to five times restitution to their VICTIMS (Exodus 22:1ff, etc.). If they are unable to pay the required restitution, they’re to be sold into indentured servitude until restitution is paid (Exodus 22:3). If they refuse to pay restitution, their contempt of court is a capital crime (Deuteronomy 17:10-12) for which they’re to be put to death expeditiously.

    Under such a system, the innocent would not pay for the housing, feeding, and entertainment of prisoners and crime would be all but unheard of. Perfect, just like David, in Psalm 19:7-11, claimed it was.

    For more on how Yahweh’s moral law applies today, see free online book “Law and Kingdom: Their Relevance Under the New Covenant” at http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/law-kingdomFrame.html.

  • Gregory Alan of Johnson

    The Prison Industrial Complex, like the Military Industrial Complex, is based on commerce, not justice. If the system does not “turn a profit” for those invested in it, it is not financially viable. Therefore it must maintain a certain population within (privately bonded). The cable show “Leverage” did an episode about this system, completely exposing the flaws of a “private” prison system.

  • Bob

    REFORM
    to what?
    more of MANS wisdom
    or shall I tell you the sure solution

    BIBLE standards
    Where RESTITUTION is the goal
    which does at times require killing individuals who violate innocent life
    YET, there is abundant peace and supreme safety
    not to mention respect for life etceteras

    What’s SO AWEFUL about the Bible Standard

    I’ll tell you
    besides you knowing and not wanting to conform

    Its because YOU do not comprehend it
    because YOU READ INTO the bible what YOU desire it to say to fit your world view

    TRU DAT

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  • Chris

    Prison systems as punishment for crimes, private or public, is in direct opposition to The Great I Am’s Commandments, Statutes and Judgments, where justice is the goal and result.

    With ANY prison system, ALL OF YOU pay for it ALL, including the 80-90.00/day it costs to house prisoners (about 30.00/day for parole/probation).  Who’s really being punished ?

    The only solution for this nation is to turn back to Him, His Laws, Statutes & Judgments, His Kingdom/Will on earth. 

    He offers a MUCH better deal than what you now have: “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, And I will give you rest. Take My yoke (i.e., His Law 1 John 5: 2 & 3, as well as His tithe [tax] sytem) upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and ‘YOU SHALL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.’ (Jer. 6: 16). My yoke is easy, and My load is light.” Matthew 11: 28 – 30.

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