Transforming Lives Behind Bars, One Story at a Time
In 2016, Prison Fellowship® launched the 40-to-Fifty Campaign. An ambitious, 10-year journey, the goal is to establish Prison Fellowship Academy® sites in all 50 states by 2026, our 50th anniversary.
Located in select prisons across the country, the Prison Fellowship Academy takes men and women through a holistic life transformation spanning weeks or months. They are guided by Prison Fellowship staff and volunteers to lead lives of purpose and productivity inside and outside of prison.
In fiscal year 2017, we had 76 Academy sites in 22 states. At the end of fiscal year 2019, we had 90 Academy sites in 28 states, with 2,703 prisoners participating!
OUR TOP-10 ACADEMY STORIES
To celebrate this milestone, we've gathered our top-10 most popular stories about the Academy. These true stories of transformation are just snapshots of the impact the Prison Fellowship Academy on the U.S. prison system.
01 - MEETING GOD IN JAIL
Shane's drug addiction couldn't fill the void he felt in his soul. He needed something stronger. And then he found Jesus behind bars.READ MORE
02 - FROM LONER TO LEADER
Dennis expected to find a hostile culture behind bars. In the Prison Fellowship Academy, he found community.READ MORE
03 - FROM UNANSWERED CALLS TO ANSWERED PRAYER
Each time in prison was supposed to be her last. But after finding herself back in prison for the third time, Jeannie understood why calls to her son went unanswered.READ MORE
04 - A COMMUNITY OF TRANSFORMATION
Going on lockdown at a prison can put the entire population on edge. In a world where it's, "Every man for himself!" can community thrive?READ MORE
05 - HOW ALPHA LED A WICCAN PRISONER TO TRUTH
Raised by Wiccan parents, Josiah thought Christians were "crazy" and made "no sense." But what he found in prison challenged everything he believed about them—and their God.READ MORE
06 - HOW DARRYL WENT FROM PRISONER TO DIRECTOR
The first time Darryl Brooks entered a Texas prison, he wore the DOC-issued white scrubs of a prisoner. When he walks through the prison gates today, he does so as the director of the first Prison Fellowship Academy.READ MORE
07 - WILLIAM JONES CELEBRATES HIS RELEASE FROM PRISON
This is what release day looks like for those prisoners who have found freedom in Jesus Christ.READ MORE
08 - PASTOR, CHURCH PLANTER, AND ADVOCATE
Pastor and church planter Quovadis Marshall is an advocate for justice that restores. A former prisoner, today he speaks out for incarcerated people.READ MORE
09 - PRISON FELLOWSHIP AND CELEBRATE RECOVERY WORKING TO CURB OVERDOSE
Thousands of people die each year from drug overdose. Prison Fellowship and Celebrate Recovery are working to set people free from addiction.READ MORE
10 – WHEN MOM GOES TO PRISON
When Cassie went to prison, she knew she would miss a lot of 'firsts' with her children. What happens to a family when mom goes to prison?READ MORE
END THE CYCLE OF RECIDIVISM
The Prison Fellowship Academy is a cornerstone program of Prison Fellowship. We’re building safer communities one transformed life at a time, and you can help!
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