Bible College Helps Some at Louisiana Prison Find Peace

Bible College Helps Some at Louisiana Prison Find Peace

October 5, 2013 | by Erik Eckholm | New York Times

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Louisiana State Penitentiary used to be one of the most fearsome prisons in the country. However, data indicates a large drop in violence over the last two decades that Burl Cain, a warden at the prison, attributes to the Southern Baptist Bible college operating inside. In addition to teaching religion, the college offers bachelor’s degrees for inmates. In-prison Bible colleges are under discussion in California, Georgia, Illinois, and Mississippi.

Louisiana State Penitentiary used to be one of the most fearsome prisons in the country. However, data indicates a large drop in violence over the last two decades that Burl Cain, a warden at the prison, attributes to the Southern Baptist Bible college operating inside. In addition to teaching religion, the college offers bachelor’s degrees for inmates. In-prison Bible colleges are under discussion in California, Georgia, Illinois, and Mississippi. Yet, as this article points out, the ability of religion to help create peaceful prisons and reduce recidivism is still subject to scholarly debate.
 
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