RESEARCH AND RESULTS
1. An Evaluation of the Kairos Horizon Communities in Prison, Issue Briefs by Caliber Associates, Inc., 2004
Caliber Associates Research of Virginia has evaluated the pre-release and post-release effects of the faith-based Horizon Program for the Administration on Children and Families of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and completed an independent study three parts of the Horizon program at Tomoka Correctional Institution in Florida, the initial Horizon faith-based dorm program in the United States.
Prisoner Reentry, Religion and Research
The result is a series of policy-relevant issue briefs that discuss trends in corrections, the role of religion in reentry, and results of current research. The first issue brief entitled "Prisoner Reentry, Religion and Research" points out that the faith community is perhaps an invaluable partner in prisoner reentry - promoting public safety via the provision of services to support the successful reintegration of returning prisoners. The second brief "Promising Pathways to Prisoner Reintegration" contends that the Horizon program is an invaluable partner in navigating an uncharted prisoner reentry landscape. The third brief "Rediscovering Compassion" summarizes the results of current research on the Horizon dorm program at Tomoka C.I. Caliber is under contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of the Compassion Capital Fund (CCF) to evaluate the pre- and post-release effects of the faith-based Horizon program. These issue briefs complement and report out on the research effort.
Promising Pathways to Prisoner Reintegration
2. A comprehensive study of current faith-based prison initiatives in America and the United Kingdom, recognizing the success of Horizon Communities in Prisons and published in October 2005.
My Brother's Keeper
Faith-based units in prisons
Jonathan Burnside (University of Bristol) with Joanna Adler (Middlesex University), Nancy Loucks (Independent criminologist) and Gerry Rose (University of Cambridge)
'The [Horizon Communities] project has proved with certainty that by allowing faith to be nurtured within prisons, changes for the better will take place... The impact of these [faith-based] teachings demonstrate that prison need not be confined to being only a space of incarceration but can be a space for living and learning.'
Lord Woolf, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales
'One of the most fascinating developments in the corrections field is the proliferation of religiously-oriented prisons and special prison units. My Brother's Keeper offers a comprehensive survey as well as a meticulous assessment of these pioneering enterprises. The book is immensely topical, and it is long overdue. It is also transparently a labour of love, and reflects a deep and unconditional commitment to its subject.'
Professor Hans Toch, University of Albany, State University of New York
Ten years ago there were no faith-based units in prisons outside South America. Today, they are spreading all over the world, including the United States, Europe and the Commonwealth. My Brother's Keeper is the first major study of a global phenomenon. Exploring the roots of faith-based units in South America it explains why the Prison Service of England and Wales set up the first Christian-based unit in the western world in 1997 - and its rapid expansion. It also explains how, at exactly the same time, the United States introduced Christian-based units - and why they were complimented by interfaith and multifaith initiatives.
At the heart of My Brother's Keeper is an interior account of life inside four Christian-based prison units in England. It draws on the findings of a detailed evaluation conducted by the authors for the Home Office, Prison Service and Kainos Community between 2000 and 2001, including an updated reconviction study. It is an authoritative account of an innovative programme.
Its analysis of what works and what doesn't in faith-based units around the world makes My Brother's Keeper a valuable roadmap for all who care about improving prison conditions. It presents a vision of justice that is not just concerned with building more prisons but with rebuilding more prisoners. It argues that by making prisons more human and punishment more humane, faith-based units can be of value - and keep faith in prisons.
Authors' preface and acknowledgements
Foreword by Sir Anthony Bottoms
Prologue: Beatitudes Behind Bars: Christianity and Imprisonment
1 The prison that started it all
2 From Cursillo to prison: the story of Kairos
3 The rise and fall of Kairos-APAC
4 Kainos Community: views from the inside
5 Kainos Community: views from the top
6 Kainos Community and religious freedom
7 Navigating by the heavens: Horizon Communities
8 Preparing Evangelists: InnerChange Freedom Initiative
9 Psycho-social impact of Kainos
10 The impact of Kainos and Christian-based units on recidivism
11 Keeping faith in prison: the promise of faith-based units
Imprint: Willan Publishing
Published: October 2005
Publisher: Willan Publishing
Price: GBP£ 45.00
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