Prison Fellowship seeks to restore those affected by crime and incarceration by introducing prisoners, victims, and their families to a new hope available through Jesus Christ. We accomplish this by training and inspiring churches and communities—inside and outside of prison —to support the restoration of those affected by incarceration. We equip wardens, prison staff, and volunteers, including men and women serving time, to create safer, more rehabilitative prisons that prepare prisoners to return to their communities as good neighbors. We advocate for a criminal justice system that upholds restorative values, so that communities are safer, victims are respected, and those who have caused harm are transformed. Outside prisons, we collaborate with churches, para-church organizations, and local service providers to support families with loved ones behind bars and people affected by crime.
Prisoners participate in Prison Fellowship classes each month
Prison Fellowship volunteers across the U.S.
Children connected to a church in 2014 to receive the Gospel and a Christmas gift on behalf of an incarcerated parent
Prison Fellowship focuses on five areas of ministry to help move men, women, and their families from a cycle of crime to a cycle of renewal.
Prison Fellowship staff and volunteers are in hundreds of correctional facilities each day sharing the Gospel, spreading hope, and teaching life-changing classes. Through our evangelism events, we introduce incarcerated men and women to a new future in Christ and nurture their spiritual growth with Bible studies, discipleship courses, and seminary-level classes. We also offer a holistic set of life-skill classes, mentorship opportunities, and reentry programs to prepare prisoners to be leaders in their communities—whether inside or outside of prison. As a result, we are seeing prisoners use their sentences as a time to grow, change, and find a new, positive life path with Prison Fellowship staff and volunteers as their guide.
EMPOWERING GREAT WARDENS
Wardens are the CEOs of their prisons; they hold the key to transforming correctional facilities into havens of moral rehabilitation for the incarcerated men and women under their care. Prison Fellowship’s Warden Exchange program is helping them make this transformation a reality in their facilities. Warden Exchange convenes correctional leaders and provides a professional network of training in best practices and support as they fulfill their legacy of building safer, more rehabilitative prisons. This program is helping wardens all over the country change the culture of their correctional facilities.
MINISTERING TO FAMILIES
Children often feel lonely and abandoned when their mom or dad goes away to prison. But Prison Fellowship's Angel Tree program is here to help. Church volunteers around the country provide local children with the Gospel message and Christmas gifts on behalf of their incarcerated parent. These children also receive a special message from their mom or dad, reminding them of their love. Through Angel Tree, churches are coming alongside families of the incarcerated at Christmastime, and all year long, to provide support while their loved ones are away.
SUPPORTING SUCCESSFUL REENTRY
Prison Fellowship’s approach to helping formerly incarcerated men and women thrive begins with our programs inside of prisons. We prepare for healthy reintegration by providing life-skill classes, mentors, and access to local community resources. We also run faith-based dorms in several states where prisoners can take practical classes and prepare for reentry within a caring Christian community. Prison Fellowship also works with churches and organizations to strengthen local support networks for former prisoners.
ADVOCATING FOR RESTORATIVE JUSTICE REFORM
Prison Fellowship believes that all people are God's creation and have inherent dignity. This means that everyone should receive respect, so our approach refocuses on the worth of people impacted by crime and incarceration. Our advocacy program works closely with legislators to help retool our system to provide a more just experience for all parties affected—so that communities are safer, victims are respected, and people convicted of a crime are transformed. We're mobilizing our national network of justice advocates to work together for justice that restores.