Does your church have an active ministry focused on prisoners and their families? For most congregations in the United States, the answer to that question is “no.” A new study by LifeWay Research reveals that while more than four out of five pastors have visited a correctional facility at some time, and virtually all believe […]
May 27, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
On May 25, mere steps from the Supreme Court Building in Washington, DC, Prison Fellowship announced the launch of the Faith and Justice Fellowship. The new bipartisan collaboration brings together a disparate group of policy makers from various faith traditions, united in a desire to promote restorative values in the criminal justice system. Utah Senator […]
May 27, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
When it comes to helping prisoners transition successfully to life in their communities, some of the most important work occurs well before these men and women ever leave the correctional facility. In the most recent post to our video blog series, field director Denise Harris talks about some of the great things happening with Prison Fellowship’s intensive, in-prison […]
May 26, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
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? The True Cost of […]
May 26, 2016
Written by Zoe Erler
“I paid my debt to society. I paid my restitution. I stayed out of trouble. Why is my criminal history always going to be at the forefront of who I am? It doesn’t define who I am anymore. To be brutally honest that bothers me, and hurts me, and worries me, but I can’t crumble. […]
May 24, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
Shirley Beatty is Prison Fellowship’s field director for North Carolina and Southern Virginia. In the following article, she recounts a recent visit to the Mountain View Correctional Institution in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, as part of the “One Day with God” program. “One Day with God” camps began with the vision of a day inside […]
May 23, 2016
Written by Shirley Beatty
A significant number of cities in the United States reported an increase in homicide rates in 2015—a disturbing trend that some have claimed marks the end of a period that saw historic reductions in violent crimes in places like New York City and Chicago. A handful of policymakers, including former presidential candidate Marco Rubio, have […]
May 23, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
In some ways, the races seemed like any other 5K competitions that take place every weekend across the country. The runners laced up their shoes and stretched in preparation for the run, affixing their bib numbers and hoping for fast times. What set these races apart was where they took place. In the first two weekends […]
May 20, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
A version of the following interview originally appeared in Inside Journal, Prison Fellowship’s quarterly publication for men and women behind bars.  Nationwide, one out of every 28 kids has a parent behind bars, resulting in many separated families. Since 1982 Angel Tree, a Prison Fellowship program started by a former bank robber, has given parents an […]
May 19, 2016
Written by Prison Fellowship
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. Let them know they are still valuable, even […]
May 19, 2016
Written by Zoe Erler