Yet, for all the talk about being “a Christian nation” we seem utterly determined to ignore what Jesus said. This is not just a nice “spiritual” admonition. In the process of demonizing criminals, we feed a process of starving what is best about us. We legitimize a punitive state, in place of one that seeks to develop the best in each of us. The prison/industrial complex grows as the welfare state shrinks.
His post is long, with charts and other info, but well worth reading all of it.