Prison Fellowship has relaunched Inside Journal, a newspaper that reaches thousands of incarcerated men and women with the hope of the Gospel. With a starting circulation of 50,000 copies, Inside Journal has a new look after a hiatus in its publication, but it retains the elements that made it a widely read and admired resource in our nation’s prisons for nearly two decades.
“No matter how terrible the crime, no prison sentence includes being raped,” says Prison Fellowship Vice President Pat Nolan, a former federal prisoner who leads the organization’s Justice Fellowship criminal justice reform program. In this radio interview, Pat talks about the urgency to eradicate sexual abuse in prisons and what his organization is doing to ensure safety and justice for the incarcerated.
Groups from both left and right stood united on Capitol Hill over the rampant rate of rape in prison. Regardless of political persuasion, all agree the statistics are shocking.
That’s why conservative groups like Prison Fellowship joined liberal groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, Tuesday.
Pat Nolan, vice president of Prison Fellowship and a member of the commission that submitted the standards to Holder, told reporters that tens of thousands of inmates will be raped in the next year “because we haven’t taken steps to prevent it.
Liberals and conservatives have united in calling for the U.S. attorney general to implement standards against a form of prison violence.
Congress passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act in 2003, but even though standards were completed within 14 months, Attorney General Eric Holder has yet to implement them.
A number of groups who couldn’t be more different are single-minded on eliminating prison rape. Prison Fellowship, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Family Research Council, Human Rights Watch, Focus on the Family, Sojourners, and others signed onto a letter Tuesday urging U.S.
Pat Nolan, vice president of Prison Fellowship, argues that setting standards would be a good way to reduce the problem of prison rape. He mentions that increasing the lighting in prisons, screening staffers and having independent supervision of facilities can make a tremendous difference.
Ending prison rape is a cause that brought together an unlikely group of organizations which are usually doing combat with each other. Leaders of groups from the left and right gathered to call attention to their letter which presses Attorney General Holder to speed up the process for adopting standards that will hold prison officials accountable for combating rape in prisons.
“The fact that people are not safe in our prisons … is a scandal, that’s a stain on our honor,” said Pat Nolan, vice president of the Prison Fellowship and a former member of the independent commission.
Focus on the Family, George Soros’s Open Society Policy Center, the American Conservative Union and the American Civil Liberties Union are all furious with Attorney General Eric Holder—and amazingly enough, it’s about the same thing.