Saturday, March 13, 2010

Georgian Orthodox Church offers to permit some minor criminals serve part of their sentence in monasteries

Officials in the ex-Soviet republic of Georgia have announced a scheme to let prisoners shorten their jail terms by spending time in a monastery instead.

The scheme for petty criminals has been proposed by the country's Orthodox Church and government officials.

It comes as prisoner numbers in Georgia continue to rise and so too does the popularity of the Church.
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's an interesting idea. If the right people are selected for the opportunity, it could really work. I'm sure monastic life isn't as "cushy" an alternative to prison the many think. I'll be interested to see the success/failure rate numbers.