Compassion for the Prisoner

At church this morning, the pastor opened his sermon by telling a story about an old lady who helped an ex-convict when he got out of jail.  She put him in touch with people who assisted him in finding a job and a place to stay, and she was also a friend to the ex-convict, to the point that he called her “Mom”.

That stood out to me because I’ve wondered what exactly a person would do after being released from jail.  Where would he go?  What would he do?  Living in a place requires money.  How could a person pay for an apartment, when he’s been in jail and thus has not been working?  And, after getting out of jail, would a person have difficulty finding a job, since employers may not want to hire an ex-convict?

What I just said is not an absolute, though.  There are prisoners who manage to work while they are serving their time.  In some prisons, prisoners can be trained for a vocation, and there are groups that match felons with jobs after their release.  In my opinion, it’s important to make ex-convicts aware of that when they get out of jail, since a steady income and a place to live can serve as factors that can contribute to their rehabilitation while reducing the likelihood for recidivism.

About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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