Keeping the Faith: Program Religiosity and Its Effect on Crime Prevention

Shani P. Gray, Indiana University

Some research has found that involvement in religious activities and religious beliefs has a deterrent effect on criminal behavior. Faith-based organizations (FBOs) possess religious characteristics that may enable them to influence criminal behavior through interaction with their clientele. This paper examines how religiosity in programming might influence an organization's ability to affect criminal behavior. The paper presents a model that allows researchers to examine the religious character of an organization and the effects these characteristics may have on an organization's ability or inability to prevent the initiation or continuation of criminal behavior. Propositions are presented detailing the expected relationships between the religious character of organizations and program effectiveness.

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