ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Expert Studies Prison Churches' Influence on Inmates

Cal State Fullerton University Honors lecturer Jason Sexton was featured in an Orange County Register article about religion and its positive force in the lives of long-term inmates.

Sexton, who specializes in theology, is studying how prison churches affect prisoners while they’re incarcerated and after they are released.

His research focuses on the interracial and intergenerational components of prison churches.

Through his research, Sexton — who, in the 1990s, was incarcerated for three years by the California Youth Authority — hopes to learn more about churches in California prisons, specifically those associated with the Christian faith.

“There is a humanity that I think the prison church embodies that is extraordinary,” Sexton said.

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