Prison reform has long been a hot-button issue for Prison Fellowship®, one that has often taken our staff to Capitol Hill. Now the same issue has once again made its way to the Senate. On Thursday, June 11, 2009, Senators Jim Webb, D-Va.,
It was hard not to notice the man who couldn’t stop crying. Mostly he kept his head down, but every time he lifted it up, tears were streaming down his cheeks. That was March 7, and Prison Fellowship® volunteer Sandra Tarlen was leading a seminar on forgiveness for a group of prisoners at the Arizona State Prison Complex in Tucson.
Ken Cooper’s dramatic life story will not break new ground for the genre of second-chance transformation stories. It is a well-told account of a fascinating life. But this autobiography does do something other books have not—help pry us away from some societal views that have held people’s minds hostage concerning causes for crime and their ultimate solution.
Today more than 2.3 million men and women are incarcerated in the U.S. In the last 20 years, the prison population has nearly tripled, until now one of every 99.1 adults is behind bars.
But they don’t stay there. According to the U.