This past February, Prison Fellowship celebrated Black History Month with a tour of African American artists who led an evangelism campaign in Illinois.
A few months ago, John Alarid received a surprising email. It was from the girlfriend of a prisoner at Ozark Correctional Center (Missouri) asking if Alarid would be willing to come to the prison to baptize 10 men.
It’s hard to get a job when you have a criminal record. Period.
But sometimes the right kind of coaching … and the right kind of employer … can make all the difference.
The New York Times ran a piece last week about a federal court program in Missouri that is actually having success finding good jobs for ex-prisoners, and helping them keep those jobs.
More than 750,000 people in our prison system have a disability, reports RespectAbility, a group that advocates for those with disabilities.
Of those, more than half a million have some sort of cognitive impairment; at least 250,000 have mobility issues; and 140,000 have some kind of vision loss.
In just a month, Indiana will be closing one of its minimum security prisons, Henryville Correctional Facility–a move which will hopefully assist the state’s new emphasis on corrections reform.
In 2014, the Indiana House of Representatives passed legislation that reroutes prisoners from state facilities into local jails.
At Prison Fellowship, we often talk about the cost of incarceration to taxpayers. But what about those taxpayers who are paying even more than what shows up on their tax return?
Last September, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, in collaboration with two other organizations, released the report Who Pays?
God showed up at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison (California) the weekend of April 30.
According to one of Prison Fellowship collaborators who attended, “this was the best event they have ever done at a state institution ever!”
“The purpose of the event was to bring value to the men.
Across the country, jails and prisons have begun implementing a new way for families and friends to stay in touch with their incarcerated loved ones: video conferencing. Heres how it works: the “visitor” would log in to a video chat from their home or private room at the facility (depending on how the prison or jail operates) and be connected to the prisoner via a screen.
It was a big occasion every year. Each Christmas, Leah’s grandparents and aunts and uncles were eager to find out what gifts she had received from her dad.
“Christmas for our family is just huge in general. This gave Leah just something to look forward to, so that she wasn’t an outsider in the family,” explains Roni, Leah’s mom.