The Catholic Church has had a dramatic impact on both the structure and understanding of criminal justice up to the present. This book surveys the history of the church to suggest that despite demonstrable abuses, a coherent theory of criminal justice can be constructed that is harmonious with biblical sources, tradition, and current normative emphases in Catholic social thought.
Andrew Skotnicki is associate professor of Christian ethics at Manhattan College. He is the author of Religion and the Development of the American Penal System as well as numerous scholarly articles on the theological and moral foundations of criminal justice.
Part 1 Introduction Part 2 Chapter One: What is the Prison and Who is the Prisoner? Chapter 3 The Prison Chapter 4 Criminal Justice in the Old Testament Chapter 5 The Image of the Prisoner and its Importance Chapter 6 The Prisoner as Person Chapter 7 Summary Part 8 Chapter Two: The Justification of Punishment Chapter 9 The Retributive Dimension of Punishment Chapter 10 The State and the Punishment of Offenders Chapter 11 Criminal Justice and Self-Punishment Chapter 12 Conclusion Part 13 Chapter Three: The End of Punishment Chapter 14 Internal Reform Chapter 15 Social Reintegration Chapter 16 Conclusion Part 17 Chapter Four: Prison as the Normative Means of Punishment Chapter 18 Penance and the Origins of Confinement Chapter 19 The Prison in the Catholic Tradition Chapter 20 Conclusion Part 21 Chapter Five: The Prison and Secular Society Chapter 22 Secular Justice and the Church Chapter 23 Secular Justice and Secular Prisons Chapter 24 Catholic Effects on Secular Justice Part 25 Chapter Six: A Catholic Theory of Criminal Justice Chapter 26 Elements of the Theory Chapter 27 The Catholic Church and Contemporary Corrections Chapter 28 Conclusion