Do you believe that faith-based programs are effective with changing offender behavior?
Well, even though there seem to be a lot of empirical precedents that suggest a “positive association between religious involvement and beneficial outcomes, existing outcomes research in faith-based settings have treated the faith in faith-based services as a contextual factor rather than a programmatic one” (Ferguson, Wu, Spruijt-Metz, & Dyrness, n.d.). According to Fisher and Ragan (2003 & 2004), there are multiple studies conclude that faith-based services are effective, yet relatively few aim to identify the specific faith components related to successful outcomes . It is crucial for us to operationally and conceptually delineate what the faith…show more content… The study was only promising as long as they remained incarcerated. But, I found that only a few really wanted to make a change in their life and kept up some form of faith-based program once released. Then you had a large majority of individuals that did not follow up with any form of faith-based programs once released. These were the ones that knew they were not going to follow this type of program once they were back in their neighborhoods and around the same negative peers that help them choice the wrong path or criminal act as a way of life.
Therefore, for this reason and this reason alone I do not think that faith-based programs with changing offender behavior. It is only effective as long as they are incarcerated. What needs to be address as stated above is that we have to be able to identify the specific faith components related to successful and non-successful outcomes to gauge if it can continue to work not only inside but when they are released. The other thing that we need to understand is why would they use a faith-based program when they know they have no intension of changing their offender behavior? To me I sense deception on the offenders’ part.
Do you believe that the current separation of church and state doctrine will legally permit the establishment of private public partnerships involving faith-based programs?
There seems to a misconception about what individual believe about “partnerships amongst government and the religious community which