IN THE NEWS A SPIRITUAL PERSPECTIVE

A KEY TO BREAK OUT OF PRISON

According to a report by the Pew Center on the States, more than one in 100 American adults is in prison or in a local jail. This total of well over two million people is the highest number of imprisoned people in the world. Globally, at least 9.25 million people are in prison, according to figures compiled from data taken between January 2004 and October 2006. Second to the US among countries with the largest number of people held in prisons is China, followed by the Russian Federation, India, Brazil, Thailand, Ukraine, South Africa, Iran, and Mexico.

The Sentinel asked Judy Cole, now a Christian Science practitioner, formerly a corrections counselor for two years in Lansing, Michigan, to offer some thoughts about specific aspects of imprisonment that would keep inmates from progressing, and how to pray about them. Cole earned a degree in criminal justice from Michigan State University. She continues to occasionally counsel inmates as a volunteer.

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