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
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
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
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