The Human Dignity and Faith Perspective Addressing Inequalities and Challenges to Social Inclusion for Those Imprisoned
Organization Name: INTERNATIONAL PRISON CHAPLAINS ASSOCIATION
Affiliation: Non-governmental Organization(NGO)
Subjects the session will cover:
Ethics, Faith Based/Religion, Human Rights
Jean-Didier Mboyo Boke
The Human Dignity and Faith Perspective Addressing Inequalities and Challenges to Social Inclusion for Those Imprisoned in our Global Criminal Justice. Men, women and youth growing up and living in poverty, and challenging social conditions, are easy prey for criminal activity. As a result, our prisons, jails, and detention centers throughout the world are primarily filled with individuals from the lower levels of our societal structures. To eradicate worldwide poverty, we believe in a strategy of raising the general awareness of the costs of poverty, in society in general, and specifically in relation to our prison system. We also want to advocate for society’s unique opportunity to provide education and rehabilitation to those who have been caught up in our criminal justice system. Such efforts will reduce continued criminal activity by those released, and eliminate costly re-incarceration. Our approach is articulated from a social justice, faith-based perspective with emphasis upon human rights for all, even those who have violated the laws of society and been sentenced to incarceration. While violators need correction, they also deserve an opportunity for repentance, forgiveness, redemption and rehabilitative training, so that as returning citizens they may eventually become contributing and law abiding members of the community to which they return.
Dr. Hans Hallundbaek, Director, born and raised in Denmark, spent half his professional life in international business (marketing, promotion and development) before entering seminary in the early 1990’s.
Hans is dedicated to restorative, ecological, social, spiritual, and criminal justice issues. Having served for thirteen years as the minister of Croton Falls Presbyterian Church, Hans retired from that position in March 2018 to focus on the Interfaith Prison Partnership.
Hans has spent over twenty years as a teaching volunteer in New York State male and female correctional facilities, including several years as a Service Chaplain in Sing Sing maximum security prison. He is on staff at the Hudson River Presbytery (HRP) as Director of the Interfaith Prison Partnership program of the Hudson River Presbytery.
Hans is also a co-founding board member of Rehabilitation Through the Arts (RTA), operating in five NY state prisons.
Hans serves as the NGO representative to the United Nations for Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE) International and the International Prison Chaplains Association (IPCA). He earned an MA from Maryknoll School of Theology; and his M-Div. and D- Min from New York Theological Seminary. Rev. Dr. Hallundbaek has considerable teaching experience as an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Marist College.
Prison chaplain in the JVA Pöschwies / Zurich, Switzerland, and head of studies of the CAS Pastoral Care in the execution of sentences and measures at the University of Bern / AWS. He was appointed representative with advisory status to the UN in Geneva, Vienna and New York by the World Conference on Prison Chaplaincy.
Executive Director & Pastor, Ex-Offender, Hope Prison Ministry (Cape Town, South Africa)
Robert McCrie began his career in protection as a security guard in his home town of Toledo, Ohio. Upon graduating with a bachelor’s degree, he began his teaching career in biology at the University of Toledo. He subsequently conducted research and studied in the US and Denmark. He next became an advertising copywriter on scientific and consumer accounts at a series of New York City advertising agencies. In 1970, he left advertising and started a newsletter concerned with protection of assets from loss, Security Letter. The next year he began consulting in a wide variety of issues concerning security. In the late 1970’s McCrie joined the advisory board of John Jay’s Security Management Institute. In the following years, he became more involved at John Jay planning programs, lecturing, and aiding students. In 1986, McCrie joined the faculty on a tenure-track line, eventually reaching full professor and serving as chair (1997-2003) of the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration. En route he obtained a doctorate in urban history under Richard C. Wade. McCrie has consulted, written and edited widely in the field. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the research-oriented publication, Security Journal, and remains an editorial board member. His publications include Security Operations Management, published by Butterworth-Heinemann. In recent years, he has become committed to the radical reform of prisons in the US and other countries.
David Buick moved to France from his native UK in 1985, after graduating with a degree in French. He has been involved in Christian ministry in a variety of ways ever since, as well as completing courses in theology and counselling. He is currently pastor of independent church Christ Pour Tous (‘Christ for All’) in Rennes, Brittany, and a member of the city’s protestant pastors’ fraternal and its ecumenical committee. A local prison chaplain since 2003, he has been regional protestant prison chaplain for North-West France since 2011, overseeing chaplaincy activities in some 20 correctional facilities. He has attended various IPCA events since 2005, and visited several prisons in Europe and North America. Since 2013 he has been a moderator on an online Christian discussion forum for those of all faiths and none, and is a regular devotional speaker on local Catholic radio. At the IPCA Worldwide Conference in Sydney, Australia in 2015, David was elected to be one of the representatives from Europe in the Worldwide Steering Committee.