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May 21, 2008


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The incarceration conversation tends to occur as if the dynamics that lead people into, out of, and back into prison occur singularly or in a vacuum. Decades of research on human behavior clearly show that the adult prison system is the "safety net" for those who are failed by the big 5 human service systems: education, child welfare, mental health, juvenile justice, and religion. Therefore, it is no surprise that policy makers are not jumping wallets first into the business of diverting individuals from prison through any sort of prevention programming - prisoner re-entry policies notwithstanding. However, policy makers should be very cautious about their expectation that the faith community can help prisoners re-enter their communities when the church was unable to adequately serve the prisoners before they left the communities. The cure for what ails re-entering prisoners is available in the research on human behavior - if you can read it. The good news is that I have taken the first steps in translating that research into everyday language for everyday people. Take a look at

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Literature is a kind of intellectual light which, like the light of the sun , may sometimes enable us to see what we do not like.

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