What form of crime control meets Augustine’s ideal?

The U.S. is approximately 5% of the world population, yet has over 20% of the world’s prison population. The U.S. rate of incarceration has increased over 500% in the last 40 years. Yet, two out of every three people released from prison will commit another crime within five years. Further, incarceration disproportionately impacts the poor and minorities. There is perhaps no other single issue so intricately tied to all the other social justice issues on this site, including racism, poverty, addiction and immigration.

Is there a better alternative? Yes, it is called restorative justice and here are the ways Augustinians work to create a more Augustinian form of crime control.

In-Prison/Jail Ministry

We serve inside numerous jails and prisons throughout the United States.

Re-Entry Ministry

We provide support to those who are released from jail/prison in order to reduce the chances of recidivism (committing another crime after release) by helping them obtain a fair second chance.

Education & Advocacy

We provide awareness and education on the issues of mass incarceration and restorative justice.

Ministry to Vulnerable Populations

We help stop the cycle of crime by working where the cycle begins: with people vulnerable to criminal lifestyles.

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