Prisoners, Prisons and Respectful Relationships
An ecumenical resource, developed by SA Council of Churches Working Party, to assist us all to:
- Become more aware of and better respond to the needs of people who are in prison.
- Advocate for reducing conditions of inequality and disadvantage.
- Contribute to the restoration of right relationships for all.
SECTION A Introduction and Two Social Justice Statements
SECTION B Prisons and Prisoners
i. Personal Stories
ii. Bible Stories
SECTION C Statistics and ‘Maps’ of Disadvantage
SECTION D Process for Group Discussion and Theological Reflection on Social Justice Statements
SECTION E Resources, Prayers and Poems for Justice
SECTION F Volunteering & Caring for Prisoners
SECTION G Preparing for Release
SECTION H People, Organisations & Resources
SECTION I Advocacy: Contacts for Members of Parliament, Media etc
Letter Writing Guidelines from Prison Fellowship Australia
Restorative Justice Bible Studies
Restorative Justice Week began in 1975 in England. Known then as Prisoner’s Sunday, its purpose was to remind the public of the incarcerated men and women in that country. The day of remembrance was subsequently adopted in Canada and several other Commonwealth nations. The commemoration extended to a week in 1995, and a year later was renamed Restorative Justice Week to reflect growing concern for victims and communities, as well as prisoners. It is now observed around the world during the third week of November.