For the over 2.7 million kids in the United States under the age of 18 with an incarcerated parent, children’s books depicting families with with mom and dad both at home ring a little hollow. Rarely do they see characters struggling with the absence of a parent, or the embarrassment that comes with admitting that mom or […]
April 28, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
Part of New Prison Fellowship Campaign to Expose and Eliminate “Second Prison” for 65 Million Americans with Criminal Records ST. PAUL, Minn., April 26, 2016—Hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans with a criminal record continually face significant legal, social and other barriers that inhibit them from fully contributing to society. While having paid their debt by serving their sentence, […]
April 27, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
Searching for employment can be a frustrating and difficult experience even in the best of situations. There is always the challenge to present oneself in the most positive light, and assure the employer that you can be an asset to their business or organization. This task becomes considerably harder when the one applying has a […]
April 27, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
Every year, we look forward to receiving letters from those who were touched by Angel Tree during the most recent Christmas season. Particularly, we love hearing from prisoner parents who express how Angel Tree helped strengthen or rebuild a relationship with their children. Earlier this year, we received a letter from a prisoner named Bill who […]
April 26, 2016
Written by Zoe Erler
By the time Sgt. Joseph Serna left his position in the Special Forces, he had completed four combat tours in over two decades in Afghanistan. He had nearly been killed on three separate occasions, and received three Purple Heart awards, along with several other commendations for bravery and valor. Unfortunately, when Serna left the battlefield, the […]
April 25, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
In celebration of Prison Fellowship’s 40 years of ministering to prisoners and their families, we will be taking a look back at the early days of the ministry and remembering the people and the stories that have helped to make Prison Fellowship the nation’s largest prison outreach.  In the following reflection, Mark Hubbell, Prison Fellowship’s area director […]
April 22, 2016
Written by Mark Hubbell
Building a new life is a real challenge for anyone returning to their communities after a period of incarceration. There is the need to find housing, employment, and support; to avoid past mistakes and old acquaintances, while making new connections to help ensure future success. For some women in Michigan, the first step in this transformation […]
April 22, 2016
Written by Prison Fellowship
Incredible. Outstanding. Changed my paradigm and my outlook. Extremely impressed. What could these comments be about? A group of 41 current and former prison and corrections officials, policy experts, and Prison Fellowship staff gathered in Boston for the Warden Exchange’s second residency. Representatives from prison facilities in Nebraska, Massachusetts, Indiana, Illinois, and California were in attendance. Pedro Moreno, director of […]
April 21, 2016
Written by Katie Milne
Numerous studies have indicated that prisoners have a much greater likelihood of not being re-arrested when they stay in contact with friends and family outside the prison walls. Maintaining a connection to the outside world helps to keep incarcerated men and women focused on a life to which they want to return, and keeps them from adopting […]
April 21, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
Imagine being arrested for a crime you didn’t commit. Imagine being convicted for that crime, and serving four years in prison for it. And imagine finding out after that time served that the police officer who arrested you had admitted to falsifying evidence in order to frame you. Now, imagine finding yourself working alongside that […]
April 19, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe