Prison Fellowship events and programs that happen inside prisons have been canceled until further notice.
Most Prison Fellowship programs are in state-run facilities. State departments of corrections are working closely with health authorities to make the best decisions for their facilities. Nearly all have decided to temporarily halt admission of outside visitors due to the Coronavirus' ability to spread quickly. That said, our field staff are continuing to work closely with our valued DOC partners and are actively cooperating with them on ways we can continue to serve them and the people under their care.
HOW COVID-19 AFFECTS PRISON FELLOWSHIP
A Message from Prison Fellowship President and CEO, James J. Ackerman
Prison Fellowship® has been serving prisoners, former prisoners, and their families for more than 40 years. Our vision is to see all those affected by crime and incarceration restored to God, to their families, and to their communities. While the Coronavirus and current public health situation will temporarily affect some of our programs, our commitment to that vision is unwavering. We will continue to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ into prisons however we can, advocate for a more restorative criminal justice system, support second chances, and work to support and strengthen families with a parent in prison.
Many Prison Fellowship programs take place outside prisons and are not affected by prison closures:
PRISONS CLOSED TO VISITORS*
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Federal Prisons
PRISONS CLOSED TO VOLUNTEERS*
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Federal Prisons
PRISONS WITH NO CHANGES*
*As of March 30, 2020.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
QUESTION: My loved one is in a Prison Fellowship program. The DOC won't provide any information about how they are doing. Can you help me get information?
QUESTION: My loved one is sick with what I believe are COVID-19 symptoms. Can you help?
QUESTION: How can prisoners protect themselves from getting COVID-19? Should I donate face masks or hand sanitizer?
QUESTION: Will Prison Fellowship still be in prison for Easter?
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