At Prison Fellowship, one big thing gets us out of bed in the morning: witnessing the transformation of prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families through the saving love, truth and power of Jesus Christ. And for 35 years, we’ve consistently found that this transformation takes places most powerfully when the local Church is equipped and excited to make disciples behind bars.
Inside Journal is Prison Fellowship’s newspaper for America’s prisoners. Chockfull of biblical advice articles, interesting profiles, and a presentation of the Gospel that prisoners can relate to, Inside Journal is a valuable, cost-effective prison ministry resource. It currently circulates to 47 states.
The news headline reads like a sad country song. The Nashville-based guitar maker has made news, but for a much different reason than you might suspect.
On August 24, federal agents stormed Gibson Guitar’s facilities in both Nashville and Memphis, seizing guitars, computers, and records.
In an October 14 commentary in the Orlando Sentinel, Prison Fellowship vice president and director of Justice Fellowship Pat Nolan talks about the growing population in Florida prisons, and the problems that is causing. “Florida’s population has almost doubled since 1980, but the state’s prison population has grown even faster — fivefold during those years,” says Nolan.
When the Supreme Court stepped in on California’s prisons and found inadequate medical care of inmates, the state was forced to remedy the problem of its overcrowded prisons.
Today, the state of California houses 144,000 inmates in its 33 adult institutions.
In a statement released today, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar Corp., Henry Juszkiewicz, has endorsed the Right on Crime’s Statement of Principles. Justice Fellowship partners with the Right on Crime initiative for criminal justice solutions.
Explaining why he endorsed the Right on Crime principles, Juszkiezicz said:
“I am proud to endorse Right on Crime.
Pat Nolan, Vice President of Prison Fellowship, writes in a recent editorial for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that prison work programs provide many benefits, but Nolan cautions that not all programs are equal.
Nolan writes of inmates’ lives and the importance of having a job:
Our mothers told us that “idle hands are the devil’s playground.” That is doubly true in prison.
Over 700,000 prisoners are released from prison each year.
Most people enter prison with little job experience or education. Many are placed behind bars which are hundreds of miles from family. Think about the difficulty of maintaining a relationship from miles away and behind bars.
A recent article in the Charlotte Observer profiles Mary Fraley, an Angel Tree church coordinator who doesn’t just distribute gifts. Her ministry has grown to include year-round support of Angel Tree families and regular correspondence with 74 different inmates.
Fraley said the people she encounters and the letters she receives from the prisoners provide her just as much encouragement as she tries to give.
Prisons aren’t just places for punishment and rehabilitation. They are also a major industry employing thousands upon thousands of workers. In recent decades, most prison construction has happened far from urban centers, and the economies of many rural communities have become dependent on policies that maintain America’s sky-high incarceration rate.