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
For Sophia Pirelli, it all started in a Sunday school class. A young boy in that class taught by Pirelli offered a tearful prayer for his father, who had been incarcerated since 2002.  The prayer moved Pirelli, who says that God placed a passion in her heart at that moment to serve children who had a […]
January 28, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
Leading a Bible study in prison may sound intimidating, but after my work with Prison Fellowship, I’d lead a Bible study in prison any day. For the past few years I’ve been blessed to co-lead a women’s Bible study at a local jail. The experience has given me new insight into relating with women who […]
January 28, 2016
Written by Kelsa Battig
In January 2014, the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections was established to examine the challenges facing the federal corrections system and to propose practical solutions to those challenges.  Named after the Prison Fellowship founder, the task force sought answers for some of the biggest problems facing federal prisons, including growing prison populations, high rates of recidivism, and the […]
January 26, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
The nation’s largest prison ministry praises biblical nature of new recommendations from bipartisan federal criminal justice task force and urges continued bipartisan collaboration to achieve meaningful reforms WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2016—Despite the snow-induced cancellation of today’s discussion on criminal justice reform at the White House, Tuesday the bipartisan Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections will announce […]
January 26, 2016
Written by Prison Fellowship
For Fred, a prisoner serving a 10-year sentence at the Maine State Prison in Warren, incarceration is an opportunity to improve himself. “I knew right off the bat that when I was going away for a long time that I had to do something with myself while I was here,” Fred says.  “I wanted to […]
January 21, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe