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by Charles W. Colson

eBook Justice That Restores ePub
Author: Charles W. Colson
Language: English
ISBN: 0851115373
ISBN13: 978-0851115375
Publisher: Inter-Varsity Press (November 17, 2000)
Pages: 160
Category: Christian Living
Subcategory: Christians
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 205
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ePub file: 1145 kb
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Justice That Restores book.

Justice That Restores book. America's justice system is broken.

Colson's personal experience, his study of the justice system and prison reform, and most of all his interactions with prisoners themselves all come together in this new, insightful, and prophetic new book, Justice That Restores. America is at the crossroads, he argues, and lacks clear direction in which way to turn. All the utopian theories and ideologies have failed. We build more prisons, but crime increases, and more facilities are needed. Inequities and injustice in the system abound. America needs to do something.

Justice that restores. by. Colson, Charles W. Publication date. Colson contends that a system of true justice can be built only if it is based on the foundation of a sound worldview. What we believe as individuals about the value of life, the essence of human nature, and the possibility of redemption is the critical issue that determines an effective approach to justice and reform. In this readable and challenging work, Colson combines his personal experience, his extensive study of the justice system and efforts at prison reform, and his encounters with prisoners themselves.

Justice That Restores : Why Our Justice System Doesn't Work and the Only Method of True Reform. The book showcases Colson at his best, including personal stories, historical study, and shocking statistics. by Charles W. Colson.

Author: Charles Colson. ISBN-13: 9780851115375. Justice that restores

Author: Charles Colson. Justice that restores. By Charles Colson (2001)

Justice that Restores. By Charles Colson (2001). The surge of conservative support for criminal justice reform, which attracted wide notice in 2014-2015, owes much to Charles Colson, who spent seven months in prison for Watergate crimes. Released in 1975, he began a Christian ministry aimed at redemption of the incarcerated - initially concentrated on their souls but evolving into a movement for alternatives to prison, humane conditions inside, education for inmates and restorative justice programs.

The book showcases Colson at his best, including personal stories, historical study, and shocking statistics. Bottom line: only a system that is based on a biblical worldview, a system that restores both the offender and the offended, will have any lasting success. This authoritative work is Colson's legacy statement about criminal justice. These proven principles can reverse the current criminal decline.

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This book found a bit of a skeptical reader in me. Not because of the blinding influence of political presuppositions but by the gargantuan criminal justice problems facing our society. Such had me thoroughly intimidated. The problems seem so complex and systemic that one is often reduced to cynicism.
What could such a small book offer that could even begin to address such a titanic issue?
The answer is: Plenty!
Having experienced the criminal justice system from inside and out, top and bottom Colson speaks candidly about a subject he knows very well. From senior aid to the President in the White House to convicted criminal and prisoner; from ivy league lawyer to founder of an international prison ministry Colson brings enough experience and perspective to the issue that caused me to give his little book a chance.
What I found was a gem, a precious diamond of clarity in a mountain of confusing fools gold.
Colson begins with an examination of several schools of thought that have shaped our foundational philosophy towards criminal justice and reveals how we have arrived at the present state of affairs. His view that our understanding of anthropology shapes our philosophy of crime, punishment, and reformation is essential to any effort that would address the ills of the system.
Colson asks and answers some of the hardest questions facing modern society in a way that is candid and surprisingly refreshing.
Some reviewers are unable to rise above the polarization of politics. Their perception is thus reduced to a staging area for mere knee-jerk reactionism. It is better to examine arguments on the basis of their own merits rather than set out to shred them before careful contemplation. When prejudices abort objectivity any hope of consensus become a prey.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book. Even if you disagree with Colson's conclusions I would highly recommend that you critique your own positions as vigorously as you do Colson's.
a beautiful view of justice
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Colson tries to do too much in less than 200 pages. He makes a lot of overarching claims without significant analysis, clear logic, or demonstrated research. Would not consider a lot of his sources to be reputable and appropriate to support the claims he is making about society and the criminal justice system (a lot of news articles, not peer reviewed journals.)
Charles Colson was noted for his brief career as a top advisor to President Richard Nixon in the early 1970s until he pleaded guilty to criminal behavior in the Watergate scandal. Colson served 7 months in prison, but just prior to this, he converted to Christianity, as told by him in his own words with the book Born Again. Colson is a university educated man with degrees in law, and it shows in most of his writings. After prison, Colson began working seriously with reform in the American justice system, and founded the worldwide Prison Fellowship Ministries, the world's largest of its kind. He is still at it, preaching and teaching to inmates everywhere and advocating a drastically different and more effective format of dealing with the results of crime, punishment and rehabilitation.

Colson proposes to have prisons everywhere modeled on the Christian world view, instead of the usual natural or utopian world view. His claims bear impressive evidence that this viewpoint (of Christian redemption and transformation) is the only true way to bring down crime and deal with criminals. It is hard to disagree with what he says here, because statistics are overwhelmingly on his side. His bold doctrine that racism, poverty, or overcrowding are not responsible for crime rates, but that it arises with the problem of sin and rebellion in the individual are points that are hard to refute. I was struck by his clarity and persuasiveness in these matters, and I believe he is one of the few who are on the right track toward better future criminology and treatment of crime everywhere. Now, if only the right authorities would pay more attention.
Colson argues that the present criminal justice system is dysfunctional because it is built on a foundation of faulty assumptions, a skewed worldview. So before getting into his proposed reforms, the traces historically what led to the system being the way it is. "What is the origin of man and of laws that order human existence?" he asks on page 27. If one assumes that environment or genetics determine an individual's fate rather than human choice, he reaches a different conclusion than the Christian worldview that sees persons as individuals exercising free-will in their decisions. Colson cites data to make a solid case that individual choice is the valid framework.

He goes on to argue that incarceration is not the solution most desirable, although it is the one most widely used and commonly accepted without examination. Colson says a more realistic alternative is restorative justice, that personalizes crime, i.e., crime is against other people, not against the state. To have victimes and perpetrators engaged makes contritition more salient. Criminals can see the hurt they've caused to real people.

Colson gives examples of how prisons can be transformed into communities of restoration. Communities grow out of individiual choices. Colson makes a convincing case. As always he gives readers plenty to ponder. In this case he says there is a much better way of handling criminal justice than the system that is in operation today.
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