Christian Worldview of Criminal Justice Essay

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S/he must therefore implement correction and rehabilitation measures as the courts of the country see fit for the convicted individual. However, the compromise would be the kind of treatment the convicted individual gets from the Christian practitioner. As a person of faith, s/he must recognize also that the person is an individual who might have shown deviant behavior to society, but s/he is nevertheless a person who must be treated equally despite his/her unfortunate circumstance (i.e., incarceration) (McCrudden, 2008:659).

Preservation of human dignity in the face of legal punishment is the compromise that is developed as the Christian practitioner tries to achieve the balance of maintaining criminal justice as both a profession and a vocation. And what about love and forgiveness, which also comes into play as one tries to understand the unfortunate circumstances of other people who are punished by the legal system? Convicted individuals deserve the love and forgiveness of God, in the same way that non-deviant / non-convicts deserve love and forgiveness from Him. In Romans 12:12, the Christian practitioner is reminded that, "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of
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God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."

It is in this case that the Christian practitioner must become an advocate for "new approaches" that help promote fair treatment and preserves human dignity among individuals, deviant or non-deviant. Convicted individuals, for example, could also benefit from continuous discussions about their situation and their equal place in the world (within and outside of the prison) and counseling sessions to further help them internalize that they can be reformed, their behavior "corrected," and believe in themselves that they are capable of doing good to other people and being good to themselves (Bottoms and Tankebe, 2012:148). "Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good," stated in Romans 12:9, reflecting the belief that individuals have good in them, and it must be discovered and let the "owner" realize the value of this goodness when used correctly to one's self and to others.

References

Bottoms, A. And J. Tankebe. (2012). "Beyond procedural justice: a dialogic approach to legitimacy in criminal justice." The Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology, Vol. 102, No. 1.

McCrudden, C. (2008). "Human dignity and judicial interpretation of human rights." The European Journal of International Law, Vol. 19, No. 4.

"Responsibility, rehabilitation, and restoration: a Catholic perspective on crime and criminal justice." United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Official Website. Accessed on April 19, 2014. Accessed at: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/criminal-justice-restorative-justice/crime-and-criminal-justice.cfm

Biblical quotes/verses. Open Bible Official Website. Accessed on April 19, 2014. Accessed at: http://www.openbible.info/

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References

Bottoms, A. And J. Tankebe. (2012). "Beyond procedural justice: a dialogic approach to legitimacy in criminal justice." The Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology, Vol. 102, No. 1.

McCrudden, C. (2008). "Human dignity and judicial interpretation of human rights." The European Journal of International Law, Vol. 19, No. 4.

"Responsibility, rehabilitation, and restoration: a Catholic perspective on crime and criminal justice." United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Official Website. Accessed on April 19, 2014. Accessed at: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/criminal-justice-restorative-justice/crime-and-criminal-justice.cfm

Biblical quotes/verses. Open Bible Official Website. Accessed on April 19, 2014. Accessed at: http://www.openbible.info/

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