Kresta in the Afternoon – August 1, 2019 – Hour 1

+  Christian Solutions to Mass Incarceration (full hour)

  • Description: What should be done about Mass Incarceration? Most Americans agree the country has an over-criminalization problem, but the causes of the problem and complex and the solutions are varied. We’ll talk with Dr Anthony Bradley about using the concept of personalism to think through practical solutions to the problem and Al follows up with a look at the US Bishops’ response to the federal reinstatement of the death penalty and the risks of classifying Capital Punishment as “intrinsically evil.”
  • Segment Guests:
    • Dr. Anthony Bradley
      Dr Anthony Bradley is associate professor of religious studies at The King's College in New York City where he also serves as director for the Center for the Study of Human Flourishing. He's the author of Ending Overcriminalization and Mass Incarceration: Hope from Civil Society.
      • Dr. Ed Feser
        Ed Feser teaches philosophy at Pasadena City College and is the author of By Man Shall HIs Blood Be Shed
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      • Ending Overcriminalization and Mass Incarceration: Hope from Civil Society

        Mass incarceration is an overwhelming problem and reforms are often difficult, leading to confusion about what to do and where to start. Ending Overcriminalization and Mass Incarceration: Hope from Civil Society introduces the key issues that need immediate attention and provides concrete direction about effective solutions systemically and relationally. In this work Anthony B. Bradley recognizes that offenders are persons with inherent dignity. Mass incarceration results from the systemic breakdown of criminal law procedure and broken communities. Using the principle of personalism, attention is drawn to those areas that directly contact the lives of offenders and determine their fate. Bradley explains how reform must be built from the person up, and once these areas are reformed our law enforcement culture will change for the better. Taking an innovative approach, Anthony B. Bradley explores what civic institutions need to do to prevent people from falling into the criminal justice system and recidivism for those released from prison. (learn more)

      • By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed: A Catholic Defense of Capital Punishment

        The Catholic Church has in recent decades been associated with political efforts to eliminate the death penalty. It was not always so. This timely work reviews and explains the Catholic Tradition regarding the death penalty, demonstrating that it is not inherently evil and that it can be reserved as a just form of punishment in certain cases. Drawing upon a wealth of philosophical, scriptural, theological, and social scientific arguments, the authors explain the perennial  teaching of the Church that capital punishment can in principle be legitimate—not only to protect society from immediate physical danger, but also to administer retributive justice and to deter capital crimes. The authors also show how some recent statements of Church leaders in opposition to the death penalty are prudential judgments rather than dogma. They reaffirm that Catholics may, in good conscience, disagree about the application of the death penalty. Some arguments against the death penalty falsely suggest that there has been a rupture in the Church's traditional teaching and thereby inadvertently cast doubt on the reliability of the Magisterium.  Yet, as the authors demonstrate, the Church's traditional teaching is a safeguard to society, because the just use of the death penalty can be used to protect the lives of the innocent, inculcate a horror of murder, and affirm the dignity of human beings as free and rational creatures who must be held responsible for their actions. By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed challenges contemporary Catholics to engage with Scripture, Tradition, natural law, and the actual social scientific evidence in order to undertake a thoughtful analysis of the current debate about the death penalty. (learn more)

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