SAINTS ALIVE! MARCH 25:
Patron Saint of Prisoners
Dismas is the Good Thief crucified with Christ on Calvary. St. Dismas is the patron saint of prisoners.
The Romans extracted retributive justice on these thieves. Dismas acknowledged his sinfulness; Jesus restored him. God is about restoring the broken.
The result of our current criminal justice system is that the broken remain broken. How can we move society away from retributive justice and toward restorative justice?
One step is to change the focus of prisons from a money-making enterprise to a public structure that protects the public, extracts a just punishment for crimes committed, and restores the offender to become integrated in society, not excluded. Incarceration has become a for-profit business; immigration detention is a growing industry.