Religion and the Development of the American Penal System

University Press of America, 2000 - 188 páginas
Skotnicki (Catholic social ethics, Saint Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park, California) traces the influence of changing religious ideas on changing attitudes about prisons during the course of US history. Paying attention not only to institutional religion but also to the popular trends that foreshadow institutional change, he looks at the evangelical millennium and the rise of the penitentiaries; New York and Pennsylvania as taking different roads to The Kingdom; sentimentalism, science and the Progressive Movement; religion, progress, and the end of the penitentiaries; and an institution in search of meaning. Annotation copyrighted by Book News Inc., Portland, OR.

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Religion and the Penal System
The Evangelical Millennium and
the Rise of the Penitentiaries
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Andrew Skotnicki is Associate Professor of Moral Theology at St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park, California.

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