Restorative Justice in the Pandemic Era

Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Ministry and Advocacy in and beyond Prisons and Detention Centers

As the COVID-19 virus spreads, careful examination of the data reveals that its impacting vulnerable communities at a higher rate than those with more secure social locations. Nowhere is this felt more than in our nation's prisons and jails, where, in at least one case, the infection rate tops 70% for employees and residents. Jesus commands us to visit the prison. The Book of Hebrews tells us to remember them as though suffering with them. With programs closed, residents on lockdown, and social distancing impossible for residents of correctional facilities, people of faith must ask “what shall we then do?” We must engage prison practices and policies, lack of human interaction, release and attendant resources and a host of issues that face those who are incarcerated, their custodial staff and the families impacted as well. The church cannot be silent on behalf of the least of these who yet bear the Imago Dei.

Conversation with Dr. Harold Trulear; Moderators: Dr. Sonia King and Rev. Brian Jackson

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