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Faith-Based Ministries in an Age of Mass Incarceration
April 4 @ 6:30 pm
In prisons throughout the United States, punishment and religious revivalism are occurring simultaneously. Faith-based ministries have become a dominant force in American prisons, operating under the logic that religious conversion and redemption will transform prisoners into new human beings.
In this talk, professor Tanya Erzen explores a little-known story: why Christian prison ministries are on the rise amidst an increasingly punitive system of mass incarceration. What are the implications of the state’s promotion of Christianity over other religious traditions in some prisons? How do faith-based programs enable forms of transformation and community organizing? How do people in prison practice religion in a space of coercion and discipline? Why have conservative Christians, particularly, embraced criminal justice reform? Discover the social implications and human stories behind this emerging trend.
Co-sponsored by Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.