Newman University, Genners Lane, Bartley Green, Birmingham, B32 3NT
This seminar will consider the relationship between religious belief, identity and offender desistance. By bringing together academics, religious leaders, students, youth workers, chaplains and ex-offenders, they will examine:
How do prisoner and ex-offender stories of religious belief and identity (including conversion to Christianity or reversion to Islam) relate to concerns around youth violence and religious extremism in the prison system and local communities?
Is there a way in which we can understand these stories better to aid practitioners in the criminal justice field, many of whom are seeking to promote desistance and a reduction in violence in these communities?
The key note speaker will be Professor Ross Deuchar who is the author of the book “Gangs and Spirituality: Global Perspectives (2018, Palgrave MacMillan), which was featured on the BBC Radio 4 ‘Thinking Allowed’ programme in the summer of 2018.