Writing through the lens of lectionary passages for this Lenten season, an incredible group of activists, theologians, pastors, writers, and thinkers reflect on how 50 years of mass incarceration has brought about devastation to individuals, families, and entire communities, especially communities of color. Yet, even in the midst of institutionalized oppression, this study will highlight individuals and movements which have created long-lasting change. Lent is a season of repentance for the harms done to others and it is also a time for hope in the resurrection when love conquered hate and past harm has found healing. Our hope is that this study will be a means for you to experience both the call to repentance and a rebirth of hope that the retributive nature of mass incarceration can be transformed into a justice system that heals and restores.

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