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Excerpt: "Fyodor Dostoyevsky once said that the so,ul of society "can be measured by its prisons."1 If that is true, then the soul of society in the United States is sick. The statistics on mass incarceration provided elsewhere in this volume illustrate the endemic nature of the problem much like epidemiological data shows the occurrence of a disease, but the stories from prisoners and their families-which the three of us have heard and told-show even more poignantly the depth of the wounds caused by the tragedy of incarceration that defies Christian virtues in this country. We pray this chapter will be one of many applications of healing b<~Jlm to address this societal disease."


Originally published as chapter 15 of Thinking Theologically About Mass Incarceration, Edited by Antonios Kireopoulos, Mitzi J. Budde, and Matthew D. Lundberg, Paulist Press (2017).

ISBN: 978-08091-5372-5