Spiritual Entrepreneurs: Florida’s Faith-Based Prisons and the Carceral State Forthcoming book in the WRL series. Forthcoming Fall 2020.
It is surprising to learn that as many as half of U.S. correctional departments offer government-funded and supported faith-based correctional departments within the prison walls. In this critical, historically contextualized, and deeply researched ethnography of faith-based correctional institutions in Florida, where such carceral programs started in 1999, Brad Stoddard argues that FCBIs serve the interests of neoliberal politics and economics by creating a relatively deregulated sphere of state-sanctioned programs aimed at socialization and rehabilitation. Spiritual Entrepreneurs delves into the intensifying public debate about the appropriate role of religion in American politics and society. Stoddard demonstrates that Florida is an essential place for understanding the history, development, impact, and implications of the larger trend to empower “faith-based” social service providers and their favored solutions in key areas of the public sphere.