The following article originally appeared in Inside Journal, Prison Fellowship’s quarterly publication for men and women behind bars.  The young man in the orange jumpsuit held his face in his hands. The tattoo on one hand read “defiant.” “If only I’d been there with him—if only!” His shoulders began shaking as he buried his sobs, […]
April 29, 2016
Written by Mary Ellen Armbruster
Prison Fellowship Director of Community Engagement Jesse Wiese and former Minnesota Governor Al Quie recently penned an editorial for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, highlighting the challenges that hundreds of thousands of men and women face nationwide when they return to their communities from prison. Instead of receiving a fair chance to become productive citizens, Quie and Wiese argue that rules […]
April 29, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
For the over 2.7 million kids in the United States under the age of 18 with an incarcerated parent, children’s books depicting families with with mom and dad both at home ring a little hollow. Rarely do they see characters struggling with the absence of a parent, or the embarrassment that comes with admitting that mom or […]
April 28, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
Part of New Prison Fellowship Campaign to Expose and Eliminate “Second Prison” for 65 Million Americans with Criminal Records ST. PAUL, Minn., April 26, 2016—Hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans with a criminal record continually face significant legal, social and other barriers that inhibit them from fully contributing to society. While having paid their debt by serving their sentence, […]
April 27, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
Searching for employment can be a frustrating and difficult experience even in the best of situations. There is always the challenge to present oneself in the most positive light, and assure the employer that you can be an asset to their business or organization. This task becomes considerably harder when the one applying has a […]
April 27, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
Every year, we look forward to receiving letters from those who were touched by Angel Tree during the most recent Christmas season. Particularly, we love hearing from prisoner parents who express how Angel Tree helped strengthen or rebuild a relationship with their children. Earlier this year, we received a letter from a prisoner named Bill who […]
April 26, 2016
Written by Zoe Erler
By the time Sgt. Joseph Serna left his position in the Special Forces, he had completed four combat tours in over two decades in Afghanistan. He had nearly been killed on three separate occasions, and received three Purple Heart awards, along with several other commendations for bravery and valor. Unfortunately, when Serna left the battlefield, the […]
April 25, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
In celebration of Prison Fellowship’s 40 years of ministering to prisoners and their families, we will be taking a look back at the early days of the ministry and remembering the people and the stories that have helped to make Prison Fellowship the nation’s largest prison outreach.  In the following reflection, Mark Hubbell, Prison Fellowship’s area director […]
April 22, 2016
Written by Mark Hubbell
Building a new life is a real challenge for anyone returning to their communities after a period of incarceration. There is the need to find housing, employment, and support; to avoid past mistakes and old acquaintances, while making new connections to help ensure future success. For some women in Michigan, the first step in this transformation […]
April 22, 2016
Written by Prison Fellowship
Incredible. Outstanding. Changed my paradigm and my outlook. Extremely impressed. What could these comments be about? A group of 41 current and former prison and corrections officials, policy experts, and Prison Fellowship staff gathered in Boston for the Warden Exchange’s second residency. Representatives from prison facilities in Nebraska, Massachusetts, Indiana, Illinois, and California were in attendance. Pedro Moreno, director of […]
April 21, 2016
Written by Katie Milne