ConversePublisher: Research and Planning Council, Winnipeg Presbytery, United Church of Canada, Winnipeg, Canada
Year Published: 1976
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX13
The role of church people in the correctional system.
Abstract: "There are few issues in history to which the church has a clearer calling than that of prisoner and captive injunctions come from the Bible, from our Lord himself to visit and care for these persons. At the same time, justice in all its might and fairness is also a concept at the heart of the Old Testament and the New. Hence, the concern and presence of concerned church people in the whole correctional system is an historic Christian role, which has not altered in the present day." An attempt to inform the thinking of Winnipeg people about the issues and facts present in this system, as this is seen as crucial in forming the public understanding required for the correctional system to be more affective in rehabilitation and also to help the public to understand the connections between crime and culture. This report outlines the objectives of the project and strategies planned to achieve these. Included in an appendix is a simple theological statement giving the basic reason the church seeks to be present in the judicial system.