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Williams, C. R., &
Arriago, B. A. (2012). Ethics, crime, and criminal justice (2nd ed.).
Upper Saddle, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.
Religion and Criminal
Justice
After
reading this week’s text that pertains to divine command theory and moderate
divine command theory I believe the difference between the two is how much a
person relies on divine command theory. An example of absolute divine command
theory would be some Islamic societies in the Middle East who practice a strict
law directly out of their holy book the Koran. And a moderate example of divine
command would be far less traditional Islamic communities that recognize
western influences.
When it
comes to religion influencing the making of laws we can look at the history of
the world. Some can argue that the United States has laws that are derived from
the Ten Commandments. However we live in a free country and the constitution
protects us citizens from religious prosecution and religion being forced upon
us all. So when it comes to religion influencing laws I would say it never
should, however morality and ethics a reasonable person maintains shares a
close resemblance to relegation.
To use
religion as a way to rehabilitate is a move in the right direction for example
introducing a non-believer who is an addict to religion and teaching them to
use religion to help them in their struggle, I would argue there is no ethical
reason why not to. To use religion to rehabilitate by striping that person of
their own free will and is in my opinion un-ethical. An example of this would
be in the early 1900’s Irish family would sent their “problem citizen” to work
in this religious type boarding prison in hopes they could work their way in to
heaven by paying off their sins though work for the church.  

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