Tim Newell brings his considerable experience as a prison governor and his Quaker insights to bear on the future for criminal justice. Forgiving Justice combines uplifting stories of what is possible, with a rigorous analysis of the basis for criminal justice reform and an understanding of our view of those who offend. Do we simply forget offenders behind the prison gates, or can we take this opportunity to reaffirm our belief in the worth of everybody? With the rich tradition of Quaker work on prison reform to guide us, we hope you too will be inspired to take a fresh look at what the processes of repentance and forgiveness could mean to a community-wide approach in which we all play a part.
This book, based on Newell’s 2000 Swarthmore Lecture and revised in 2007, includes ideas for both study and action, for individuals or groups who wish to take the issues further.