Lab advisor Sarah Jobe has published an article on moral injury in the journal Political Theology. The abstract of “Rethinking Responsibility: Moral Injury from War to Prison” and a link to the full article are below:
A moral injury framework, adapted to the carceral context from veterans’ affairs, challenges the concept of “crime” and why people commit them. Moral injury asserts that human begins are moral agents and that no one violates their own moral code lightly. Healing from moral injury requires individuals and communities to get curious about the matrix of social factors and individual choices involved in any given “crime,” challenging both individual responsibility and social theory narrations of criminality. This article names the ways that theological and political concepts like sin and crime have been laminated together in the narratives upholding mass incarceration. The moral injury framework challenges the language of this laminated theo-political narrative at all three of its major loci: the naming of moral violation as sin/crime, of people as sinner/ criminals, and of the process of restoration as redemption/rehabilitation thereby opening pathways toward new modes of both thought and practice.
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