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
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
When men and women who have been convicted of a crime are incarcerated, the sentence almost always extends beyond the prisoner. Spouses, parents, and children all “serve time” with their loved ones behind bars, suffering silently as they pay the price together for past misdeeds. In an article for the Marshall Project, the wife of a […]
July 6, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
There is little debate remaining that the United States has a significant problem with the recidivism of former prisoners. Department of Justice statistics show that one-third of released prisoners are rearrested in their first year outside prison walls. Within three years, that number jumps to 50 percent, and then to 75 percent over five years. But while identifying the problem […]
June 23, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
For the past several months, Google has led a unique campaign that reconnects children with their incarcerated parents through Project #LoveLetter. On Fathers’ Day, they showcased some of the #LoveLetters that kids sent to their incarcerated fathers. As many know, the United States represents only 5 percent of the world population while holding 25 percent of […]
June 22, 2016
Written by Breanna Atkinson
Does your church have an active ministry focused on prisoners and their families? For most congregations in the United States, the answer to that question is “no.” A new study by LifeWay Research reveals that while more than four out of five pastors have visited a correctional facility at some time, and virtually all believe […]
May 27, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
A version of the following interview originally appeared in Inside Journal, Prison Fellowship’s quarterly publication for men and women behind bars.  Nationwide, one out of every 28 kids has a parent behind bars, resulting in many separated families. Since 1982 Angel Tree, a Prison Fellowship program started by a former bank robber, has given parents an […]
May 19, 2016
Written by Prison Fellowship
When a mom or dad is sentenced to time behind bars, the intent is to punish that person for criminal behavior, and, hopefully, to deter them from future crimes. What is too often forgotten is that while they might go to prison alone, incarcerated parents aren’t the only ones that pay the price for their […]
May 12, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
For many of us, some of our earliest memories involve sitting on the couch and listening to mom read us stories about fanciful characters and faraway places. We remember those moments dearly, often holding onto those books and eventually reading them to our own children. But for 150,000 children across the country, such moments are fantasies themselves. For […]
May 5, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
It was a big occasion every year. Each Christmas, Leah’s grandparents and aunts and uncles were eager to find out what gifts she had received from her dad. “Christmas for our family is just huge in general. This gave Leah just something to look forward to, so that she wasn’t an outsider in the family,” […]
May 4, 2016
Written by Zoe Erler