Is It Possible to Have a "Christian Jail"?

by Robin on November 2, 2009

My husband came into my study this morning with the front page of the Daily Oklahoman.  He was pointing to a headline, “Christians to Staff New Jail”.  Wakita,  (Wah kee tuh for all of you “non Okies”!) up in northern OK is the town that may soon be home to this facility.  The “Christian Jail” is the brainchild of Bill Robinson,  a former offender himself and founder of Corrections Concepts Inc.  There are only 380 people who live in Wakita, and the Mayor and townspeople seem to be for it.

Jail Concept Includes All Christian Staff

Mr. Robinson’s Idea calls for Christian Administrators, employees, counselors, and programs.  And being a privately run jail it should pass constitutional muster.  Just imagine, a jail where the  offenders can do their time in the midst of hope and redemption and grace. But that’s if everything is on the up-and-up, and is really A jail run according to Christian principles. I told my husband, “This could be a really good thing or a really bad thing, (depending on if Mr. Robinson and his staff are “real” Christians.)” Not that they won’t make mistakes, but you have to admit running a jail according to Christian principles might be a little more difficult than a bookstore, for example!

As a regular mentor in the Gifts program at Mabel Bassett Correctional Facility, and a substitute church provider for the Federal Transfer Center, I applaud Mr. Robinson’s idea. I pray that he can make this happen with the Lord’s help.  And I pray that he can truly make the “Christian Jail” a beacon of hope shining from the little town of Wakita.

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