Inside Journal, Prison Fellowship's newspaper for America's prisons, spent a few minutes talking with Bradford about some of the most pivotal moments of his life and what he’s learned about fatherhood along the way.
As the leader of Camp Agape and Prison Fellowship’s field director in Hawaii, Roy wakes up every morning determined to help prisoners and their families experience true Paradise, knowing and loving the God who made him a new man.
God has made all of us to be leaders in the sphere of influence given to us. Some of the most important and precious work we do with prisoners is to help them realize that they, too, have this potential and calling to be leaders. A woman I’ll call “Isabel” is a perfect example. She […]
Motherhood is already a full-time job. Imagine how difficult it is for those moms facing an extra obstacle: incarceration. What is it like to be a mother while in prison? Directed by Jenifer McShane, the documentary “Mothers of Bedford” explores the effects of long-term incarceration on mothers’ relationships with their children through the eyes of […]
Just recently Prison Fellowship received a sizable gift from a young man, not yet 30, who is enrolled in one of our intensive, faith-based reentry programs behind prison walls. I am always encouraged when a man or woman behind bars gives back in this way. When I looked deeper into his story, I learned that, […]
Without a daddy, you never really learn how to be a man. Just ask Terrell. Sometimes he still feels like an orphan. His stepdad – the only father he had ever known – walked out on his mom when Terrell was just 13. For some of the most critical years of his life, the only […]
This week, “America ReFramed” aired its feature-length documentary on the lives of incarcerated moms: “Mothers of Bedford.” “America ReFramed” is a television series bringing its viewers a “snapshot of the transforming American life.” Within the last few decades the number of incarcerated women in America has more than doubled, and today, 80 percent of female inmates are biological […]
This coming Sunday we’ll celebrate all the moms in our lives – mothers, grandmothers, and special women who have loved us well and helped us become the people we are today. Lately I’ve been thinking about moms in a unique circumstance – the ones behind bars. Whenever I visit a women’s prison, I’m heartbroken, thinking […]
At Prison Fellowship, we see many prisoners transformed into new people with changed hearts because they've met Jesus. And when these prisoners are released into society and faced with the temptations of the free world, their new faith is often what helps them resist returning to their former way of life.