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Punishment Fails. Rehabilitation Works

While Luther writes that the sword is necessary to punish sin, this op-ed argues that the policy of punishment manifest through America's prison systems yields violence and recidivism rather than correction and reform.

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If any other institutions in America were as unsuccessful in achieving their ostensible purpose as our prisons are, we would shut them down tomorrow. Two-thirds of prisoners reoffend within three years of leaving prison, often with a more serious and violent offense. More than 90 percent of prisoners return to the community within a few years (otherwise our prisons would be even more overcrowded than they already are). That is why it is vitally important how we treat them while they are incarcerated. Read more...