A full 70% of the people held in Cook County (IL) jail are there simply because they cannot afford to post bond. They are not dangerous. They are charged with a violent crime. They are held—sometimes for months while they await their hearing or trial—because they are poor. According to Toni Preckwinkle, president of the Cook County Board, we have turned Cook County jail into the new debtor’s prison. In addition, many inmates have some form of mental illness or are addicted to drugs or alcohol. The bottom line: Our jails are filled with the poor and needy.
What opinion do you think God might have about locking up the poor and needy? What alternative might God want us to pursue?
Crime statistics and poverty statistics overlap. The poor are more likely to be victims of crime and they are more likely to engage in criminal behavior—often because they have not other means of surviving. Many people have attributed this to some flaw in the personal character of people in poverty. What do you think?
There is no devotional for Sunday, April 6, 2014. Devotionals will resume on Monday, April 7