David Prater, speaker
“Criminal Justice Reform:
A Christian Perspective”
Oklahoma has the second highest overall incarceration rate in the country and the highest rate of incarcerating women. This costs almost $500 million annually. 77% of Oklahomans know someone who has been sent to jail or prison or some type of correctional facility.
Two state questions are on the November ballot for voters to consider. These proposals suggest community-based rehabilitation programs as alternatives to imprisonment.
What would Jesus do? What would He have us do? Is there a Christian way to think about mental health care, substance abuse treatment and job training? Is society better off with incarceration or rehabilitation for low level offenders? Are there smarter, less expensive approaches to public safety that will address the root causes of crime and provide treatment services that help people recover their dignity and usefulness?
Those from our church who have served as volunteer chaplains in the jail have seen first hand the destructive effects of long-term incarceration on individuals and their families. Along with sharing the gospel and leading Bible studies inside jails and prisons, there are compassionate strategies Christians can pursue on the outside to help individuals who have been in trouble.
This Sunday evening, as part of our “Christ, Culture & Coffee” series, District Attorney David Prater will speak on the subject “Criminal Justice Reform: A Christian Perspective.” His talk will be followed by a question and answer time.
The symposium will begin in the auditorium at 6:00 p.m. Nursery care will be provided. Invite your friends to attend for a stimulating conversation on a matter of importance for our city and state.