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Restorative Justice: Helping Inmates Transition To Freedom

Rethink Church believes in working toward a system that reduces incarceration. We think church can happen when we work with those who are hungry, sick or forgotten. Currently there are more than 2,3000,000 people incarcerated in the United States prison system. The epidemic of incarceration has reached an all time high. The gospel, through the example of Jesus Christ, conveys the message for Christians to be healers, peacemakers and reconcilers when faced with brokenness, violence and vengeance. The concept of restorative justice shows us specific ways by which to transform lives and effect healing.

The words of Micah ring out clearly, setting the tone for justice ministries in the church: "He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God."

Micah 6:8

Local church congregations should consider forming ministries devoted to restorative justice. Here is content that your churches can use to educate people on restorative justice.