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
One of the less obvious statistics about crime and incarceration is also one of the most significant. Nationwide, there are 2.7 million children with at least one parent behind bars. These kids are forced to deal with feelings of abandonment, shame, guilt, and loneliness, and face not having their mom or dad present for the landmark […]
August 12, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
“I never knew when my father was coming home,” Ahmarr Melton told DelawareOnline.com. For 14 years, Melton watched other boys play with their fathers and experience a unique relationship that he never had. His own father, Coley Harris, had been serving a second-degree murder sentence since Melton was two years old. Melton only visited his […]
July 25, 2016
Written by Emily Andrews
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