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Conversion and the Rehabilitation of the Penal System: A Theological Rereading of Criminal Justice

Andrew Skotnicki


The contemporary practice of criminal detention is a protracted exercise in needless violence predicated upon two foundational errors. The first is the inability to view those enmeshed in its rubrics and institutions as human beings fully capable of responding to an affirmative accompaniment rather than maltreatment and invasive forms of therapy. The second is a pervasive dualism that erects an illusory barrier between criminal detainees and those empowered to supervise, punish, and/or rehabilitate them. This book maintains that the criminal justice system can only be “rehabilitated” by elimin ... More

Keywords: conversion, morality, imprisonment, violence, dualism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190880835
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190880835.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Skotnicki, author
Professor of Religious Studies, Manhattan College