The following article appears in the Summer 2016 issue of Inside Journal, Prison Fellowship’s quarterly publication written specifically for incarcerated men and women.  To learn more about Inside Journal, and to read or print out previous issues, click here. William “Billy” Kidd used to live up to his outlaw name. According to his then-parole officer, Mark Goricki, […]
July 22, 2016
Written by Alyson R. Quinn
“The only thing I’d ever graduated from was drug treatment. I had no training, no certifications in anything. What I did have was a very lengthy criminal history,” says Jessica Towers. With six felonies and a scant professional résumé, Jessica wasn’t exactly set up for success as a jobseeker. She never finished high school, managed […]
July 22, 2016
Written by Emily Andrews
This past February, Prison Fellowship celebrated Black History Month with a tour of African American artists who led an evangelism campaign in Illinois. The tour featured Rev. Arthur Hallett, a jazz musician and songwriter, The Gideon Crew, a Detroit-based Christian hip hop duo, and Gospel singer Sonnie Day. Of the 13 prisons that the group visited, […]
July 22, 2016
Written by Zoe Erler
Amid all the sound and fury emanating from Cleveland and the Republican National Convention this week, a smaller gathering took place, focusing on some of the successes taking place in criminal justice reform on the state level. And while it might not have drawn the same attention as what was occurring on the convention floor, […]
July 21, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
John Krause’s grandmother didn’t know what to do anymore. With John’s father deceased and his mother a transient, the elderly woman had raised the boy from childhood in her Richmond, California, home. She did the best she could, but John still carried the weight of those early losses—burdens far too heavy for his slender shoulders. […]
July 21, 2016
Written by Alyson R. Quinn
Tim Montgomery has always been fast. A track legend in his hometown of Gaffney, South Carolina, Montgomery established himself as a sprinter from an early age. In college, he ran a sub-10-second 100 meters, only missing out on setting a world junior record when it was discovered the track was three centimeters too short. He […]
July 20, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
For most people familiar with it, talk of Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree program brings to mind images of Christmas presents and seasonal parties with cookies and carols playing in the background. So you might be surprised to know that summer is a very busy time for Angel Tree and its mission to meet the physical, […]
July 18, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
On Saturday, July 9th, a symposium on criminal justice reform was held at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University. The event, which received funding from The Charles Koch Foundation and sponsorship by The Fund for American Studies, featured members from organizations who have been integral in the fight for conservative criminal justice […]
July 14, 2016
Written by Brian Bensimon
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.  – 2 Corinthians 5:17 Increasingly, the great concern of legislators and departments of correction has been finding better ways to reduce recidivism—that tendency of former prisoners to relapse into criminal behavior. For too long, […]
July 14, 2016
Written by Mark Hubbell
A few months ago, John Alarid received a surprising email. It was from the girlfriend of a prisoner at Ozark Correctional Center (Missouri) asking if Alarid would be willing to come to the prison to baptize 10 men. A former Mexican gang member and prisoner himself, Alarid, now the pastor of CityReach Church in Springfield, […]
July 13, 2016
Written by Zoe Erler