Results show Virginians support policies that improve public safety, reduce costs, and respect the human dignity of all individuals. Lansdowne, Va and Arlington, Va. – As Virginians consider what is next for criminal justice reform, Prison Fellowship and the Charles Koch Institute today released the results of a public opinion survey on criminal justice. “The people […]
February 10, 2016
Written by Prison Fellowship
The popular blog Humans of New York specializes in producing quick little vignettes to accompany pictures of random faces in the crowd around New York City. The stories are short, but powerful reminders of the humanity of the people we often fail to notice in our everyday lives. Recently, Brandon Stanton, the founder of Humans of New […]
February 9, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
With the recent release of the report by Prison Fellowship and Kansas Appleseed on juvenile justice in Kansas, the blog asked Kate Trammell, policy associate and caucus coordinator for Prison Fellowship’s advocacy program, to share her thoughts on the report’s proposals, and the impact they might have on Kansas’ juvenile justice system and beyond. Q: What […]
February 9, 2016
Written by Prison Fellowship
A version of this story originally appeared on the BreakPoint website, and is reproduced here with permission. In 2014, in an all-too-rare case of bipartisan cooperation, Congress created the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections to tackle what many have called a crisis in the federal prison system. Why they named it after Chuck […]
February 9, 2016
Written by John Stonestreet
Having retired following 18 years as a corrections officer at several facilities in Michigan, Billy Stewart is once again returning to prison—this time as a volunteer with Prison Fellowship.  Denise Harris, Prison Fellowship’s field director for the Detroit area, asks Billy to share his thoughts about his perspective of prisoners as an officer, and what is taking […]
February 8, 2016
Written by Prison Fellowship
John Jennings stood in the courtroom, looking into the eyes of the man who had murdered his son. This man had been his son’s friend, but one night, this “friend” took John’s son into the woods, demanded his money, and shot him. Arrested and ashamed, he stood in the courtroom, facing his crimes and his […]
February 5, 2016
Written by Beth Reid
Report from Kansas Appleseed and Prison Fellowship as Kansas Lawmakers Debate New Bill to Reduce Youth Incarceration TOPEKA – A new report issued today by Kansas Appleseed and Prison Fellowship outlines the myriad problems currently plaguing the juvenile justice system in Kansas and the opportunity during the current legislative session for real and lasting changes […]
February 4, 2016
Written by Prison Fellowship
The Albuquerque Business First journal recently asked its readers a probing question—would you hire someone who had just been released from prison? Responses were predictably varied, with many respondents answering affirmatively.  Those that did say they would hire a former prisoner typically cited the importance of second chances and a need to break the cycle of […]
February 3, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
The following article originally appeared in Inside Journal, Prison Fellowship’s quarterly publication for men and women behind bars.  To learn more about Inside Journal, click here. Ron Hammer first started using drugs while he was in the U.S. Marine Corps. “It was a stressful time and drugs were an escape,” he recalls. After his military service, Ron […]
February 2, 2016
Written by W. M. Thompson
Last week, the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections released a series of recommendations aimed at bringing about significant reforms in the criminal justice system.  The suggested reforms are the culmination of a year’s worth of discussion and research by the task force, and provide concrete ways to fix some of the challenges connected to crime, […]
February 2, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe