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"Jesus Saved an Ex-Con": Political Activism and Redemption after Incarceration

Edward Orozco Flores


This book presents two cases of faith-based community organizing for and among the formerly incarcerated. It examines how the Community Renewal Society, a protestant-founded group, and LA Voice, an affiliate of the Catholic-Jesuit-founded PICO National Network, foster faith-based community organizing for the formerly incarcerated. It conceptualizes the expanding boundaries of democratic inclusion—in order to facilitate the social integration of the formerly incarcerated—as prophetic redemption. It draws from participant observation and semistructured interviews to examine how the Community Ren ... More

Keywords: formerly incarcerated persons, faith-based community organizing, prophetic redemption, participant observation, Community Renewal Society, LA Voice, returning citizenship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781479884148
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479884148.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward Orozco Flores, author
University of California, Merced