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Book Event: Tanya Erzen - God in Captivity

Signing/Readings

Reading – Book Signing – Reception God in Captivity: The Rise of Faith-Based Prison Ministries in the Age of Mass Incarceration An eye-opening account of how and why evangelical Christian ministries are flourishing in prisons across the United States It is by now well known that the United States’ incarceration rate is the highest in the world. What is not broadly understood is how cash-strapped and overcrowded state and federal prisons are increasingly relying on religious organizations to provide educational and mental health services and to help maintain order. And these religious organizations are overwhelmingly run by nondenominational Protestant Christians who see prisoners as captive audiences. Tanya Erzen is an associate professor of religion and gender studies at the University of Puget Sound and the executive director of the Freedom Education Project Puget Sound, a nonprofit that provides college education for incarcerated women. Fireside Room. Enter through the parking lot doors.