The aim of this study is to examine prisoners’ firsthand experiences and their underlying family issues to bring awareness and delete current cross-generational criminal habits. Through analyzing a series of individual experiences and exploring underlying family issues, the study intends to bring awareness and exposure to the implications of the criminal justice system on prisoners and their families. This study will analyze personal stories of prisoners and their families to identify, interact, and intervene in best practices to avoid criminal habits. The research gathered aims to empower prisoners and their families in suggested ways to delete repeated criminal patterns and focus on reintegration, restoration, and redemption. This research is intended to direct both prisoners and families toward positive outcomes of hope, faith, and healing. Acknowledging, addressing, and analyzing these stories allows prisoners to motivate their families to avoid criminal behavior and create new generational abundance. The call of Jesus is twofold as an ethical calling to society to hear and embrace the stories of prisoners while encouraging prisoners to embrace a future of being heard and transformed.
Dr. Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner
Dr. Theodore Walker
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Reese, Alfreda, "Life Beyond Bars: Nine Prisoners and Their Families, and Faith-Based Efforts to Recognize and Avoid-Cross-Generational Criminal Habits." (2022). Doctor of Ministry Projects and Theses. 13.
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