“Justice that restores. What does that mean?  Who are we restoring? Where are we restoring them to?”

Prison Fellowship President and CEO James Ackerman asks these questions to a recent gathering of volunteers in Tampa, Florida. The answer, he suggests, can be found in the words of the prophet Isaiah: “Learn to do right.

September 26, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe

“Generation to generation, it all stems from me.”

The lament of Sheldon Johnson, Sr. is a familiar one for many families stuck in a cycle of crime and incarceration. A deaf child raised by parents who showed little interest in communicating with him, Johnson struggled with feelings of inadequacy and nonacceptance.

September 24, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe

Anthony “Spice” Adams has experienced things that are the stuff of dreams for many. For nine seasons, he terrorized offenses in the National Football League as a defensive tackle the San Francisco 49ers and the Chicago Bears.  After announcing his retirement (in a self-effacing, humorous YouTube video that has been viewed well over a million times), he started a second career as a television host in Chicago, covering his former team. 

September 16, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe

For moms and dads behind bars, Christmas can be a particularly difficult time of the year. Separated from their sons and daughters, these parents struggle to connect with their children—to let them know that they care for them and remember them, even when distance and iron bars keep them apart for the holidays.

September 8, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe

It is undeniable that we live in a broken society. News headlines shout daily the crimes and illegal behavior that exist in our rural towns and big cities. We have an unprecedented number of men and women behind bars, most of whom will return to prison after their release.

September 8, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe

It’s strange for most of us to think about Christmas during the summer months. But for many prisoners across the country, summer means gifts—not for themselves but for their children. It is during this time that prisons hold Angel Tree signups.

August 26, 2016
Written by Denise Harris

Former NFL and College Stars Join in Football Clinic for Bay Area, East Bay, Fresno, and Sacramento Boys

REDWOOD CITY, Aug. 25, 2016—With the coming of fall brings football season, but 2.7 million children in the U.S. do not have the opportunity to throw a pigskin with their dad or mom because one or both of their parents are in prison.

August 25, 2016
Written by Prison Fellowship

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.

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 moments of their young lives.

August 12, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe