Friday, 3 August 2007

Aitken challenges Christians to get involved in prison ministry

Former politician turned Christian writer and speaker Jonathan Aitken has challenged his listeners to “Go back and ask your own church – does your church do anything in the way of prison ministry or after-care for prisoners? And if not, why not?”

Speaking at this year's Keswick Convention, Mr Aitken voiced concern over re-offending statistics which show that seven out of every 10 released prisoners are back in jail within two years, while nine in 10 prisoners from young offenders institutions are back behind bars within two years.

“That is a terrifying failure rate and one that society as a whole should be thinking about, not just those responsible for the prison service,” he said. “There is something wrong with the system here ... we are bad at one vital element in the prison system – rehabilitation.” Read more

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