Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice That Restores

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IVP
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240
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5.4 X 8.2 X 0.6 inches | 0.6 pounds
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English
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9780830845293

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About the Author

Dominique DuBois Gilliard is the director of racial righteousness and reconciliation for the Love Mercy Do Justice (LMDJ) initiative of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). He serves on the boards of directors for the Christian Community Development Association and Evangelicals for Justice. In 2015, he was selected as one of the ECC's "40 Under 40" leaders to watch, and the Huffington Post named him one of the "Black Christian Leaders Changing the World." An ordained minister, Gilliard has served in pastoral ministry in Atlanta, Chicago, and Oakland. He was executive pastor of New Hope Covenant Church in Oakland, California and also served in Oakland as the associate pastor of Convergence Covenant Church. He was also the campus minister at North Park University and the racial righteousness director for ECC's ministry initiatives in the Pacific Southwest Conference. With articles published in the CCDA Theology Journal, The Covenant Quarterly, and Sojourners, Gilliard has also blogged for Christianity Today, Faith & Leadership, Red Letter Christians, Do Justice, and The Junia Project. He earned a bachelor's degree in African American Studies from Georgia State University and a master's degree in history from East Tennessee State University, with an emphasis on race, gender, and class in the United States. He also earned an MDiv from North Park Seminary, where he served as an adjunct professor teaching Christian ethics, theology, and reconciliation.

Reviews

"In this stunning book that moves your heart, mind, and soul, Dominique Gilliard dissects mass incarceration and the narrative that helped create it. He shows with precision that slavery did not end, it just evolved. If you've ever doubted that sin is not just personal but also systemic, read this book. Dominique helps light the way forward away from the punitive justice that is crushing two million people today and toward the restorative justice at the heart of the Christian faith, the stuff the gospel is made of--where there is healing for both the victims and the victimizers, the captives are set free, the yokes of oppression are crushed, and grace gets the last word."

--Shane Claiborne, author and activist

"From slavery and Jim Crow to mass incarceration, the confinement and control of black bodies in the United States has always been the heartbeat of the Republic's strategy to maintain white dominion. Twisted theologies grew like hedges of support and wicked webs of justification for crimes against the humanity of African peoples. White supremacy's most long-standing strategy has largely stayed intact because we have not cut down its supports at the root. Dominique Gilliard's Rethinking Incarceration chops at the roots of mass incarceration by challenging the theological premises upon which it rests. Gilliard's exacting historical lens, combined with masterful biblical work, unravels and uproots the hedges of support for mass incarceration while painting a new theological vision of reform and redemption in the United States. This is a must-read."

--Lisa Sharon Harper, founder and president, FreedomRoad.us

"This is an outstanding addition to this incredibly important conversation."

--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"In a time of great anxiety, knowledge and wisdom are desperately needed. In Rethinking Incarceration, Dominique Gilliard provides well-researched content as well as insightful stories that provide the essential foundation for a long overdue dialogue on mass incarceration. The church needs this primer on the history of incarceration in the United States and needs to hear the cogent theological analysis and response that is offered. This text should now be required reading for any thinking and feeling American Christian who wants to engage the topic of mass incarceration in a meaningful way."

--Soong-Chan Rah, author of The Next Evangelicalism and Prophetic Lament

"This book is quick, informative, and deeply transformational. Our understanding of the human condition, notions of punishment and reform, and the nature of God are all at stake in Dominique Gilliard's theological and passionately argued work. Gilliard expertly traces our complicated relationship with prisons and mass incarceration through poignant historical analysis and compelling biblical argumentation. Rethinking Incarceration has the rare power to change the church in America."

--Ken Wytsma, author of The Myth of Equality: Uncovering the Roots of Injustice and Privilege

"Dominique DuBois Gilliard's book Rethinking Incarceration is the perfect addition to a larger conversation sparked by Alexander's The New Jim Crow. Beyond addressing the war on drugs, this book tackles the four "pipelines" of the war on immigrants, mental health, private prisons, and the school-to-prison pipeline. From black codes to convict leasing and the language of law and order, Gilliard is meticulous in summarizing the historic and systemic nature of incarceration in the United States . . . Rethinking Incarceration is definitely the book that I will recommend to any Christian or church wrestling with the problem of incarceration in our society."

--Daniel José Camacho, The Christian Century, March 1, 2018

"Dominique DuBois Gilliard calls for a holy disruption of the systems and pipelines that imprison mostly black and brown people in the United States' mass-incarceration-industrial complex. Rethinking Incarceration exposes the ways the church has been complicit in this injustice and invites people of faith to engage in justice that is restorative. This book is historical, theological, scholarly, accessible, pastoral, and prophetic. It should be read in the seminary and university classroom, the pastor's study, and the church book club. Gilliard offers a very relevant word for one of the most central issues of our time!"

--Curtiss Paul DeYoung, CEO, Minnesota Council of Churches

"This is the book I've been waiting for. Since the publication of The New Jim Crow, we have needed an analysis of incarceration and justice from a Christian perspective. Rethinking Incarceration is a powerful book that needs to circulate widely, for in it we learn not only of the issues, but how to move forward for desperately needed restorative change."

--Michael O. Emerson, provost and professor, North Park University, author of Divided by Faith

"Dominique DuBois Gilliard's book is both hopeful and tough. The social and historical analysis is filled with hard truths. Incarceration in the United States cannot be separated from our racial history of the slavocracy in its former and contemporary forms. Gilliard writes to all who are deeply committed to embodying Christian understanding of justice, mercy, and restoration. Beginning with the view that restoration is required for those who have been imprisoned is expected in a book such as this, but Gilliard advocates for the restoration needed by the church and individual outside the confinement of prison. Real restoration involves being and becoming a faith community whose theological anthropology recognizes the full humanity of all--the imprisoned and the ones on the other side of the bars. Such a theological anthropology calls the church to give up its preoccupation with punishment in favor of love and restoration. If you have ever taken time to notice the injustices that permeate our system of justice and have been brokenhearted by the abuses, racism, and privilege that doles out prison sentences to some and offers grace to others, you will be challenged by Rethinking Incarceration."

--Phillis Isabella Sheppard, associate professor of religion, psychology, and culture, Vanderbilt University Divinity School