Prison is not working. Helping former offenders into jobs and effectively supervising people on community sentences is a key part of the answer, says Anton Shelupanov. To do this, the UK criminal justice system must embrace innovation as a necessity, not as a desirable extra.
No other democratic nation today imprisons people on such a scale or for as long as the US, Martin E. Marty is reminded. Visiting prisoners is a central test of devotion to the Jesus of the gospels. We are also called to a vision of restoration and release.
European Baptists are renewing their efforts to press for the release of an imprisoned peace pastor, Zaur Balaev, after an Azerbaijan court last week rejected his appeal against a two-year prison sentence for illegal religious activity and violence.