Meet Casey Irwin. She served time in three separate facilities for "a couple of drug possessions and a DUI or two." A self-proclaimed hermit, she didn't want help from others in staying clean. But when she ended up in Shakopee for 14 months, Casey knew something had to change.
Hope still bears the scars of her birth parents' war with addiction. Heroin and alcoholism left her childhood marked with abandonment, isolation, and worthlessness. Even after she was adopted, Hope struggled with thoughts of suicide.
"I'm Nick, and at one point in my life, I was committing armed robberies just to survive."
I have been incarcerated for four years. I have learned that God doesn't see me as a [number], but He sees me as Emily. I am a child of the one true King, highly favored and dearly loved!
The first day Darryl Brooks entered Prison Fellowship Academy, he wore the standard DOC-issued white scrubs. Today, he wears khakis and a dress shirt.
In their opinion piece this week for "The Hill," Timothy Head and Craig DeRoche demonstrate how faith-based organizations are valuable in curbing recidivism in America.
Earlier this week, Insider took you behind the walls on Rikers Island to December's Prison Fellowship Academy™y graduation.
Rikers Island is the main jail complex for New York City. On average the daily population is 10,000, making Rikers one of the world's largest correctional institutions.
"I was certified as an adult when I was 17 years old and have been locked up for the last 15 years," Robert writes from the Minnesota Correctional Facility at Lino Lakes.
A former prisoner who claims that the InnerChange Freedom Initiative® “literally saved my life” now volunteers to help other offenders experience God’s transforming love and power.
It’s 4:30 a.m., and Bernard’s Houston home is silent—except for the sound of his voice.
From his wife’s hand, John drew his first snort of meth. One encounter with the choice fruit plunged him into a twisted romance with addiction.