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"Jesus Saved an Ex-Con"Political Activism and Redemption after Incarceration$
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Edward Orozco Flores

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781479884148

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479884148.001.0001

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Prophetic Redemption

Prophetic Redemption

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"Jesus Saved an Ex-Con"
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Edward Orozco Flores

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479884148.003.0023

This chapter builds upon a gap in the field of criminology by investigating how CRS and LA Voice, as umbrella faith-based community organizing groups, shaped the social integration of former gang members and the formerly incarcerated. CRS and LA Voice’s contrasting religious traditions shaped how they facilitated members’ participation in community organizing. LA Voice leaders drew from Catholic theologies and practices and a relationship-based model of community organizing to foster members’ civic participation. This approach is termed pastoral prophetic redemption. By contrast, CRS leaders drew from the historical Black Protestant church’s theologies and practices and an issue-based model of community organizing to foster members’ civic participation. This approach is termed insurgent prophetic redemption.

Keywords:   Community Renewal Society, LA Voice, faith-based community organizing, prophetic redemption, pastoral, insurgent

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