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Religions 2018, 9(4), 130; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9040130

Faith-Based Intervention: Prison, Prayer, and Perseverance

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Centre for Applied Criminology, School of Social Sciences, Birmingham City University, The Curzon Building, 4 Cardigan Street, Birmingham B4 7BD, UK
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School of Natural Science and Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University, James Parsons Building, Byrom Street, Liverpool L3 3AF, UK
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Received: 18 February 2018 / Revised: 5 April 2018 / Accepted: 8 April 2018 / Published: 16 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion and Crime: Theory, Research, and Practice)
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This qualitative article explores the impact of faith-based interventions through the lens of a self-identified practicing Christian: Joanna. For over a decade, Joanna has visited several prisons in the United Kingdom in a faith-based capacity: supporting prisoners, families, and prison chaplaincies. Joanna professes the role of faith and religiosity to be a positive and influential component in the lives of those imprisoned. This paper explores Joanna’s journey of supporting individuals within the prison walls, reflecting on the impact of labels, imprisonment, faith-based intervention, and religiosity. Much of the current research pertaining to faith-based interventions are limited; therefore, the experiences of those who volunteer within prisons in a faith-based capacity is often overlooked. Yet, faith-based intervention and religiosity within a criminal justice context provides several benefits which impact on those in prison, their families, and people working within a prison environment. View Full-Text
Keywords: religiosity; faith-based intervention; support; voluntary work; desistance religiosity; faith-based intervention; support; voluntary work; desistance
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Robinson-Edwards, S.; Kewley, S. Faith-Based Intervention: Prison, Prayer, and Perseverance. Religions 2018, 9, 130.

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