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By Richard C. Goode,Will D. Campbell

In 1972, Will Campbell released a subject matter of the Committee of Southern Churchmen’s magazine, Katallagete, to make clear the USA criminal procedure. None may well count on how the procedure may extend exponentially within the subsequent 4 many years. at the present time, the U.S. operates the world’s biggest criminal method, incarcerating approximately 1 in each a hundred American adults. How did this growth take place? what's the human toll of this retributive method? How may possibly “ambassadors of reconciliation” reply to any such punitive establishment?

Replicating the firsthand nature of Will Campbell’s unique Katallagete assortment, twenty new essays pull again the veil on today’s prison-industrial complicated. The plea all through this assortment isn't for a few greater, extra revolutionary establishment to detailed justice. quite, the invitation is to listen to from voices of expertise how the procedure features, take heed to what the establishment does to these locked in its cells, contemplate what an execution contains, and, most significantly, reflect on the scandalous name to be in reconciled group with these whom society discards and the approach silences. Our tale is that there are neither reliable nor undesirable humans, neither felon nor unfastened global. we're all one.

“Back in 1973, Will Campbell observed that our retributive justice procedure used to be an affront to the gospel of Jesus Christ. 4 a long time later, ten occasions as many folks are at the back of bars, and hundreds of thousands of others were categorized ‘convicted felons’ for all times. the single energy nice sufficient to beat our prison-industrial advanced is the ability that raised Jesus from the useless. Thank God, that strength is alive and well—both in those essays and in our world.”
—Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, writer of "The Awakening of Hope"

“The paintings of Campbell and Goode has extra highbrow rigor, ethical integrity, artistic originality, and religious ardour than whatever i've got encountered in my 13 years of doing felony paintings . . . learn those testimonials and you'll by no means back ask yourself why an individual should still care concerning the lives of these incarcerated.”
—Jody Lewen, government Director of the legal college undertaking and Director of Patten college at San Quentin

“This number of essays provides more than a few voices and demanding views on America’s process of mass incarceration. Its amazing strengths comprise the considerate items via incarcerated women and men and the historic viewpoint received via together with older essays with fresh scholarship. This publication makes a transparent, sincere, and shrewdpermanent case for radical reappraisal of the perform of imprisonment. It merits a large viewers between those that care approximately violence and justice.”
—Rebecca Ginsburg, Director of the schooling Justice venture, college of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Will D. Campbell used to be a Baptist preacher in Taylor, Louisiana, for 2 years earlier than taking the location of Director of spiritual lifestyles on the collage of Mississippi from 1954 to 1956. pressured to depart the collage due to his ardent Civil Rights participation, Campbell served at the nationwide Council of church buildings as a race family advisor. Campbell labored heavily with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., John Lewis, and Andrew younger towards enhancing race family members. Campbell’s Brother to a Dragonfly earned him the Lillian Smith Prize, the Christopher Award, and a countrywide ebook Award nomination. The joyful River gained a first-prize award from the buddies of yankee Writers in 1982. His works have additionally received a Lyndhurst Prize and an Alex Haley Award.

Richard Goode is Professor of heritage at Lipscomb collage. He edited Will Campbell’s Writings on Reconciliation and Resistance (Cascade, 2010) and authored with Will Campbell Crashing the Idols (Cascade, 2010).

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