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One Prisoner's Journey: The Long Road of Redemption
One Prisoner's Journey: The Long Road of Redemption

By: Colin Harris
Two years after his release from federal prison, Michael Santos has poured himself into a rigorous effort to make the lessons of his own experience available to others who are behind him on the path.

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What Does Love Do? Sometimes, It Shops for Shoes
What Does Love Do? Sometimes, It Shops for Shoes
By: Hugh Hollowell
Mickey showed up on a Tuesday. She may look naïve, but a life of drugs and prisons made her tough. She needed a pair of steel-toed shoes for a new job. For her, this was life or death.
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What Will It Take to Start Thinking About Prison Issues?
What Will It Take to Start Thinking About Prison Issues?

By: Sara Powell
Most of us probably don't think much about prisons or prisoners. Far from being involved, we simply ignore the issue unless it touches us personally in one way or another.

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Jailhouse Religion
Bonhoeffer and King, Peter and Paul…these men did their best work in jail out of commitment to the One who also was arrested, and convicted, and beaten, and crucified. Yes, we’ve learned through hard experience that the work of the kingdom often involves suffering, even death. But thanks to the resurrection, we know that no power on this earth can keep Jesus and his followers locked up in jail, or down in a tomb.
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What Can Repair Our Broken Criminal Justice System?
What Can Repair Our Broken Criminal Justice System?
The criminal justice system in the U.S. is like a nerve-wracking walk down a long, dark tunnel. If real prison reform happens, it will be because of a handful of advocates.
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Unjust U.S. Prison System Needs Reform
Unjust U.S. Prison System Needs Reform
A disproportionate number of people of color face both prison time and capital punishment, leading groups like Amnesty International to conclude that our judicial system is discriminatory.
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Baptist Chaplain Supports Prisons Week on British TV
Baptist Chaplain Supports Prisons Week on British TV
As many churches in Britain participated in Prisons Week, a Baptist minister appeared on a long-running religious program on British TV as it focused on prison ministry.
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Spiritual Training and Soul Care for Texas Prisoners
Spiritual Training and Soul Care for Texas Prisoners
As a seminary begins its second year of offering a biblical studies degree to Texas prisoners, it's hoped the program will provide a cultural and spiritual transformation in the state's prisons.
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Prisoner's Long Journey from Bondage to Liberation
Prisoner's Long Journey from Bondage to Liberation
Michael Santos is expected to leave his prison today. His journey is a profound testimony to the power of human possibility in the face of extreme challenges.
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Drug War Shifts to Maine's Jails and Prisons
Drug War Shifts to Maine's Jails and Prisons
What's the most lucrative way to get the most out of black-market sales of prescription drugs in Maine? The biggest and most concentrated drug market is within the state's jails and prisons.
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Prison Issue Creates Convergence of Unlikely Parties
Prison Issue Creates Convergence of Unlikely Parties
Social justice advocates and fiscal conservatives agree that our prisons' recidivism rates are too high and the fiscal demands are breaking budgets. The system needs reform.
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Governors Urged to Reject For-Profit's Prison Plan
Governors Urged to Reject For-Profit's Prison Plan
Dozens of nonprofits and faith-based groups urged governors to reject a proposal from a for-profit corporation to buy and manage prisons because of its troubling stipulations.
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Detaining Immigrants: A Lucrative Industry
Detaining Immigrants: A Lucrative Industry
Because detaining the undocumented is a billion-dollar industry, inmates are often denied basic needs and face abuse. The most vulnerable are at the mercy of corporations that profit by their detention.
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Faith-healing Parents Sentenced to Six Years
OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) An Oregon judge sentenced two members of a faith-healing church to more than six years in prison.
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Privatized Prison Corporation Promotes, Profits from Anti-Immigration Laws
Privatized Prison Corporation Promotes, Profits from Anti-Immigration Laws
A private prison corporation will profit from the harsh anti-immigration laws that it has quietly helped to pass. For for-profit prisons, more undocumented immigrants in jail equal higher profits.
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Criminals Offered Choice of Time in Pews or the Pokey
BAY MINETTE, Ala. (RNS) A new alternative sentencing program offers first-time, nonviolent offenders a choice of a year in church or jail time and fines.
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Michael Santos – Rare Success in Prison Rehabilitation
Michael Santos – Rare Success in Prison Rehabilitation
Successful rehabilitation in prison is often spotty, but Michael Santos is one of those success stories. Sentenced to 45 years in 1987, Santos determined to develop himself intellectually, physically and spiritually.
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Faith-healing Ore. Couple Released from Prison
OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) Two members of a controversial Oregon City church that rejects medical treatment were released from prison.
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Justice Department Backs Sikh Inmate
(RNS) The DoJ has filed suit against California prison officials on behalf of a Sikh inmate who says his religious freedom was violated.
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Bhutanese Protest Tobacco Charge Against Buddhist Monk
NEW DELHI (RNS) Protesters in Bhutan are denouncing the three-year prison sentence of a Buddhist monk.
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Ex-cons Look to Clear Records in Hopes of Fresh Start and Ideally, a Job
NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) For Kerry Sifford, a trained security guard and graphic designer who was arrested years ago on a minor offense, finding a job has been nearly impossible.
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Actress Pushes Churches to Reach Out to Prisoners
(RNS) Why do so many churches have such a hard time with Jesus' command to visit the prisoner?
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When Christians Favor Retribution Over Forgiveness
When Christians Favor Retribution Over Forgiveness
Most Americans feel the need for more forgiveness in their lives yet many of them believe some behaviors can't be forgiven. Perhaps we can't experience forgiveness because we won't grant it to others.
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Church Arsonist Sentenced to Nine Years
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (RNS) The first man charged with torching a black church hours after President Obama’s 2008 election was sentenced to nine years in prison.
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La. Pastor Sentenced for Bilking Katrina Victims
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) A Louisiana minister will spend two years in prison for his role in bilking Hurricane Katrina victims of more than $350,000.
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ACLU Files Suit over Nose Ring
(RNS) The ACLU has filed two federal lawsuits alleging discrimination over a nose ring and lack of books other than the Bible.
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Anglican Priest Gets Four Years in Prison
LONDON (RNS) An Anglican vicar has been sentenced to four years in prison for conducting hundreds of fake marriages.
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Baha’i Community Stunned by Harsh Sentences in Iran
(RNS/ENInews) The Baha’i followers said the sentences against Iranian Baha’i leaders are an unjust punishment.
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Religious Groups Push Action on Prison Rape
WASHINGTON (RNS) Marilyn Shirley was raped in 2000 by a guard at the Texas prison where she was serving time.
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Baha'i Leaders Sentenced to 20 Years in Iran
(RNS) Seven top leaders of the Baha’i faith have received jail sentences of 20 years.
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British Prison Reform – At Home and Abroad
British Prison Reform – At Home and Abroad
While the British government talks about prison reform in its own country, it cannot turn a blind eye to women in Afghanistan who are unjustly imprisoned – some because they fled domestic violence.
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‘Jesus on Death Row: The Trial of Jesus and American Capital Punishment’
‘Jesus on Death Row: The Trial of Jesus and American Capital Punishment’
The narrative inspiring Mark Osler’s book, Jesus on Death Row: The Trial of Jesus and American Capital Punishment, is compelling. In 2001, while teaching at a conservative Christian law school, this former prosecutor re-conducted Christ’s trial under Texas law in his Baptist church in Waco.
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Azerbaijan's President Frees Imprisoned Baptist Pastor
Azerbaijan on Wednesday released a Baptist pastor from the remainder of a two-year prison sentence that drew protests around the world labeling it a false arrest.
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Study Says 1 in 100 Americans Behind Bars
For the first time, more than one in every 100 Americans is behind bars, disproportionally affecting people of color and the young and competing for tax dollars with needed government programs like education.
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European Baptist Leader Urges Support for Imprisoned Baptist Pastor in Azerbaijan
A European Baptist leader renewed calls to pressure Azerbaijan to release an imprisoned Baptist minister after a court rejected an appeal of his two-year prison sentence Oct. 3.
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