Sen. Cam Ward is passionate about second chances and has led the charge for justice reform in Alabama. Ward agreed to answer our questions about criminal justice reform in the state.
When people talk about prisoners being responsible, it’s usually in the negative sense of culpability. But in the Prison Fellowship Academy, every participant has positive responsibilities, like fulfilling their program commitments and supporting their Academy classmates. And that changes everything.
Access to Pell Grants can’t change a prisoner’s release date, but it can dramatically change the outcomes for the person and for society. By restoring investment in education behind bars through Pell Grants, we can tap into the God-given potential of people who, despite their choices in the past, can make significant contributions to their families, communities, and future employers.
Every year, thousands of prisoners’ kids attend summer camps through Angel Tree Camping. Angel is one of those kids, and for her, camp has been a refuge.
Prison Fellowship recently partnered with Hillsong NYC to bring its worship band inside Rikers Island Detention Center in New York City. The result was “amazing to see.”
For most of his life, Josiah steered clear of “crazy” Christians who “make no sense,” just like his Wiccan parents told him to. But in prison, he encountered a "presence" he couldn't explain away.
Four-year-old Kassey was confused when her father went to prison. But with the help of Angel Tree, she came to understand that good things can come from bad situations.
The 4 in 10 Texans with a criminal record face significant barriers to employment because of restrictions on occupational licensing in the state. But Prison Fellowship’s advocacy efforts helped to change that—and to open up second chances for meaningful employment to thousands.
When a parent goes to prison, their child and family do time with them. Though prisoners’ children face some extraordinary challenges, hundreds of thousands of them are finding hope each year through Angel Tree.
Trisha’s childhood was chaotic, thanks to her dad’s drug use and incarceration. Angel Tree delivered hope that continues to shine brighter in her life.
Returning citizens face numerous barriers to education. Karen Swanson, director of the Billy Graham Center’s Institute for Prison Ministries at Wheaton College, has five tips for colleges and universities that want to welcome former prisoners.
Second Chance Month continues to build momentum, and April 2019 was the best one yet! From changing individual lives to changing our national conversation, here are some of the highlights.