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This edition: A Leap of Faith: Do Faith Communities Have a Role in the Criminal Justice System?

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First aired: November 7, 2012.

Guests: Angel Ramos, who was formerly incarcerated and is now a John Jay student. He is an active Quaker and found redemption in the silent worship services held by Quakers in his prison experience. An ordained minister, Prof. Kimora, teaches corrections and ethics at John Jay and is the Educational Director for Treatment and Prevention in Services at the Osborne Association in the Bronx.

Description: The United States has over two million people in prisons and jails---more than any other country. An even more troubling figure is that four out of every 10 ex-offenders return to jail within three years of release. Some observers believe faith-based initiatives with prisoner, families and communities can help bring these figures down. It's part of a new approach to reforming our penal and court system that experts call 'smart justice.' But can faith communities really make a difference? And are they worth encouraging with more taxpayer support? Host: Steve Handelman.

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