For youth in Virginia’s juvenile justice system, incarceration has too often meant being held in large, overcrowded facilities far away from their families and support networks. This approach has led to high recidivism rates in the state, and a lack of hope for those stuck in a cycle of crime. In recent months, steps have been […]
August 24, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
In August 2015, Prison Fellowship and Willow Creek collaborated to bring The Global Leadership Summit (GLS) to more than 1,500 prisoners at 11 prisons. Just last week—at the 2016 Summit—more than 4,000 incarcerated men and women streamed in from 43 prisons across the country. GLS is a two-day telecast conference from Chicago’s Willow Creek Church […]
August 23, 2016
Written by Zoe Erler
What is the appropriate Christian response to the challenges facing the criminal justice system in the United States? While many Christians know the biblical mandates to “seek justice” and to “remember those in prison,” they are often unsure how to live out those values in real and tangible ways. A new small group curriculum developed by […]
August 22, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
Prison can be a dark place, full of corrosive influences. Prisoners who want to follow Christ must fight against a tide that threatens to push them back into old behaviors and thought patterns. Other men and women might be curious about Jesus, but, cynical about the value of “religion,” they balk at the idea of […]
August 19, 2016
Written by Alyson R. Quinn
Ronal Sherpas identifies himself as a conservative, law-and-order type. The current professor of criminology at Loyola University in New Orleans previously served as police chief in both Nashville and New Orleans, and has spent over 34 years in law enforcement. But when it comes to creating an effective strategy to reduce crime, Sherpas’ approach to reducing crime […]
August 19, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
A version of the following article originally aired as a BreakPoint commentary on August 18, 2016, and is reproduced here with permission.  Charles W. “Chuck” Colson was packing his bags to go home, having served his time for a Watergate-related offense. A new Christian when he entered prison, his faith had been tested behind bars. […]
August 18, 2016
Written by John Stonestreet
Nearly every fourth Tuesday of the month, a shabby batch of bicycles arrives at the gates of Folsom State Prison. Members of the Cameron Park Rotary Club collect the misfit bicycles from a warehouse in Diamond Springs, California, and send them off to Folsom to be repaired, repainted, and restored. Prisoners work year-round to refurbish the […]
August 17, 2016
Written by Emily Andrews
As Prison Fellowship celebrates our 40th anniversary, we are reminded how important our ministry partners are in bringing about transformation in the lives of prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families. From in-prison volunteers, to prison officials, to local church ministries and transitional housing, there are many people that continue to “remember the prisoner” and seek to […]
August 16, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
Most of us have them in our wallets or purses right now—little laminated cards with our names and a typically bad photograph that identifies who we are and where we live. They are of vital importance to any number of routine tasks, be it cashing a check, purchasing an airline ticket, or applying for a […]
August 16, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
A recent Maryland policy is making it even harder than it already is to parent from behind bars. Starting this past November, visitors (adults and children alike) were banned from embracing their incarcerated loved ones at the beginning and during visitations (visitors are allowed a brief hug at the very end of a visit). The policy […]
August 12, 2016
Written by Zoe Erler