Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Terance D. Miethe
Number of Pages
The latest movement in trying to combat the U.S. crime problem is through "faith-based" corrections. These programs are in the infancy stages and minimal data are present at this time to illustrate true effectiveness of such programs. This study is a theoretical evaluation of such programs and incorporates a framework from Gary LaFree (1988). Results indicate that "faith-based" programs tend to be one dimensional and in order for them to work properly they must be set up in conjunction with other institutional changes. Often other theories can incorporate the dimension of religion, yet religion alone, such as through "faith-based" programs, has minimal affect on criminal behavior. As it is used in conjunction with dramatic institutional changes, "faith-bases" programs can indeed help combat crime, as it is used as part of structure rather than used as a program to dissolve crime.
Based; Bliss; Corrections; Crime; Damnation; Faith; Hellfire; Look
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Wuthrich, Gregory Paul Warren, "Hellfire and damnation through crime or bliss through faith: A look at faith-based corrections" (2005). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1815.