Through the various contributions to this book some common themes have emerged. In this concluding chapter these themes are brought together in proposing a form of criminal justice framed within the context of hope, mercy and restoration, that radically challenges the retributive orthodoxy. This may be accused of utopianism; yet, it is suggested that shifts in emphasis are possible that demonstrate love. Through the various contributions a common theme of dignity emerged, that those who encounter criminal justice agencies are met with respect, irrespective of what they have done. Furthermore, that hope ought to be offered rather than pain, mercy is given rather than cruelty, and restoration to community becomes an over-riding concern, rather than retribution. A way forward for greater cross-disciplinary learning between criminology and public theology is proposed.
|Title of host publication||Criminology and Public Theology|
|Subtitle of host publication||On Hope, Mercy and Restoration|
|Place of Publication||Bristol|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2021|
- Public theology