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Welcome to Studies

Studies is a quarterly journal published by Messenger Publications, the publishing organisation of the Irish Jesuits.  Founded and in continuous publication since 1912, it examines Irish social, political, cultural and economic issues in the light of Christian values and explores the Irish dimension in literature, history, philosophy and religion.

For politicians to be ‘tough on crime’ could be perceived as them grabbing the low-hanging fruit, particularly at canvassing time. Most members of society want to feel safe and secure in their community and declarations of intent to build more prisons rarely perturbs the public zeitgeist. Incarceration appears to be the normative form of retribution for crime. But is there a more nuanced approach, one that can serve to enhance public safety and minimise negative impact on innocent family members of the offender as well as administer just and effective punishment?