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Spiritual Transformation in Prison

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Spiritual Transformation in Prison
author
Placer, Meredith
abstract
The United States currently incarcerates more people than any other industrialized country in the world and the numbers continue to rise. Nearly every United States prison offers religious programs, mostly through volunteer work, and studies suggest that these programs are temporarily effective. While such programs have not been empirically proven to prevent recidivism in the long term, spirituality can help prisoners adjust to life in prison and often provides meaning and hope for re-entry in society. This thesis explores the motives underlying spiritual transformation. Interviews were conducted at the Darryl Hunt Project (DHP) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and three motives were identified: survival, social influences, and personal reasons. Paralleling Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, these three categories represent needs that are fulfilled through increased spirituality. The personal experiences of four famous men who were formerly imprisoned are compared with the interviews conducted at DHP, further illuminating the complexities underlying spiritual transformation among prisoners.
subject
Religion
Prison
contributor
Gunkel, Steven (committee chair)
Hattery, Angela (committee member)
Yamane, David (committee member)
date
2009-05-14T15:43:12Z (accessioned)
2010-06-18T18:57:26Z (accessioned)
2009-05-14T15:43:12Z (available)
2010-06-18T18:57:26Z (available)
2009-05-14T15:43:12Z (issued)
degree
MALS (Liberal Studies) (discipline)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/14693 (uri)
language
en_US (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
rights
Release the entire work immediately for access worldwide. (accessRights)
type
Thesis

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