This guide, developed for an interdenominational Christian audience, explains the Healing Communities model which seeks to engage congregations in the restoration and healing of their members who have been affected by crime and incarceration. The model seeks to transform hearts and minds by creating a sense of inclusion, reducing stigma and shame, and building networks of support that start in houses of worship and expand to the community at large.
Efforts toward healing and reconciliation address root causes of inflicted injury and harm, and point the way toward practical and policy solutions.
If each congregation reached out to just two people about to go to prison, or two coming home from prison, or six people incarcerated, then every man, woman and youth facing the pain of imprisonment and the challenge of coming home would be cared for.
Statements & Quotations
Supporting the defendant or prisoner is not excusing his or her crime. It does not erase the consequences of the crime. Instead, your embrace acknowledges the reality of the fear, suffering, grief and humanity of the individual.
Love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals.
– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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