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Beyond prisons: A new interfaith paradigm for our failed prison system

Written in 2006 by AFSC's Laura Magnani and Harmon Wray, Beyond Prisons is a strong indictment of the current prison system. The book traces the history and features of our penal system, offers strong ethical and moral assessments, and lays out a whole new paradigm of criminal justice based on restorative practices and reconciliation. Magnani and Wray offer a truly radical analysis that penetrates to the roots of the crisis, challenges long-held assumptions, and imagines thoughtful alternatives.

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A study guide is available for download below. 

Book cover of "Beyond Prisons"
"Beyond prisons" study guide

"Beyond Prisons" is a radical and provocative book about the criminal justice system, based on the American Friends Service Committee’s decades of experience with the issue. Readers looking for ways to engage more personally with the questions presented are invited to use this study guide to facilitate that eagerness.

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