How Scandinavian prisons model a redemptive sense of punishment

Johnathan Kana

October 8, 2013

Yes, I concur that punishment in the U.S. is retributive rather than restorative. We cage people up like animals and expect them to act like model citizens upon release. Recidivism rates prove otherwise. (What's the definition of insanity?) Gracious, restorative treatment yields quite different results than retributive, payback methods. Interesting that there is no "payback" in the NT (vengeance is left as God's business only)as for us the cross resets the moral order and offers a way out of the endless payback-works cycle of despair of the old order. Kana's article gets this. Restorative justice is tough on crime because it serves to eliminate it. HDS

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