The Carol Vance Unit looks small and unassuming against the backdrop of multi-million dollar homes. The correctional facility houses just a few hundred prisoners, most of whom are enrolled in Prison Fellowship®'s Academy, an intensive pre-release program that focuses on Christian discipleship and non-criminal thinking.
Art Hallett was the only one in his teenage group of friends who was never arrested. He credits it to his mother wisely pushing him to enlist in the Air Force at age 17. But his freedom doesn't mean he has never been to prison.
The weather threatened to cancel the party. Temperatures hovered below freezing, the roads a mess the evening before. At 7 in the morning, we weren't even sure church would proceed as normal. But we moved forward with our plans, hoping to welcome more than 30 Angel Tree kids and their families that afternoon.