Letter: Prison chaplains help inmates, leading to safer streets
18 Oct, 2012
It has been my privilege to serve as a part-time chaplain within Corrections Canada over the past three years. In that time, I have come to know men, not merely as “criminals,” but as human beings who, like myself, are striving to find forgiveness, hope and meaning in their lives. These are not luxury items for the few, but necessities for us all.
We all need people in our lives who will listen carefully, encourage us, and challenge us to grow into fullness of life. Conversion of life happens not by “locking you up and throwing away the key,” but rather when we are treated with respect empathy and care.
The continual gutting of chaplaincy services in our federal penitentiaries (along with all the volunteers who come in under their auspices) will only hinder a justice that seeks to restore those who have hurt, into those who might be healed.
Written by: Our Prison Chaplain Rev. Canon Tim Smart