Access to Pell Grants can’t change a prisoner’s release date, but it can dramatically change the outcomes for the person and for society. By restoring investment in education behind bars through Pell Grants, we can tap into the God-given potential of people who, despite their choices in the past, can make significant contributions to their families, communities, and future employers.
Matthew Charles was one of the first prisoners released after the passage of the FIRST STEP Act. Prison Fellowship editor Maria Mallory White recently spoke with Matthew about what life has been like since his release, and what he believes are America’s next steps in criminal justice reform.
Matthew Charles had been out of prison for almost a year when the Court of Appeals ordered that he return to prison to serve out the rest of his original 35-year sentence. His story caught the nation’s attention, with hundreds demanding his release. Read on to discover the incredible story of Matthew’s journey.
The 4 in 10 Texans with a criminal record face significant barriers to employment because of restrictions on occupational licensing in the state. But Prison Fellowship’s advocacy efforts helped to change that—and to open up second chances for meaningful employment to thousands.
Jonathan will spend a lifetime trying to get back the precious moments a single bad decision cost him. Nearly 1 in 28 children has a father incarcerated. Incarceration and collateral consequences affect more than just those convicted of crime.