The Charles Colson Hope Awards, sponsored by Prison Fellowship, recognize people who have faithfully and courageously worked to restore those affected by crime and incarceration. Charles Colson, who founded Prison Fellowship 40 years ago, was at ease with presidents, prisoners, wardens, pastors, laypeople, and legislators. In all times and places, he was a passionate advocate for incarcerated men and women, and their families, sharing his faith in the Gospel and honoring the God-given value and potential of each person. His impact on prison ministry, prison culture, and prison reform has been broad and lasting. In keeping with his inspiring legacy, the Charles Colson Hope Awards honor people who, in following his example, have been role models to others and brought restoration through their sphere of influence.
HOPE AWARD CATEGORIES
LEGACY OF HOPE
The Charles Colson Legacy of Hope award is bestowed annually on a person or foundation that has invested faithfully and generously in the restoration of those affected by crime and incarceration. With visionary stewardship, the awardee has enabled the ministry to make significant advancements in its mission.
SERVANT OF HOPE
The Charles Colson Servant of Hope award is bestowed annually on a person who, through first-hand experience with the criminal justice system – as a former prisoner, child or family member affected by incarceration, prison administrator, ministry leader, or volunteer – has been committed to bringing hope, redemption, and restoration to those who are incarcerated.
ADVOCATE OF HOPE
The Charles Colson Advocate of Hope award is bestowed annually on a person with a record of faithful, unswerving, and winsome advocacy for restorative criminal justice reform—a person whose leadership blazes a trail toward a future of proportional punishment, constructive prison culture, second chances, and safer communities.
NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2017 HOPE AWARDS ARE NOW CLOSED
NOW TAKING NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2017 HOPE AWARDS
Do you know someone whose work in helping those impacted by crime and incarceration is deserving of recognition through the Charles Colson Hope Awards? The general public is invited to nominate people for each category. Nominations are now being accepted for all the five award categories.
The deadline for nominations is August 31, 2017.