Resources on Faith, Ethics and Public Life

More God, Less Crime: Why Faith Matters, and How it Could Matter More

May 1, 2011

In More God, Less Crime, criminologist Byron R. Johnson argues that religion can be a powerful antidote to crime and many of the problems facing the criminal justice system in America. The book describes how faith communities and faith-based organizations can provide the human and spiritual capital needed to effectively address crime, offender rehabilitation, and the substantial aftercare problems facing former prisoners. Johnson examines the available research literature on religion and crime systematically and in a lay-friendly format, showing that when compared to current strategies, faith-based approaches to crime prevention bring added value in targeting those factors known to cause crime: poverty, lack of education, and unemployment. The book also offers recommendations for a faith-based response to the many problems plaguing the American criminal justice system.

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