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Real ‘God Moments’: How Ministry and Advocacy Go Hand in Hand

Posted December 14, 2021
Marlys used to avoid driving near the local prison. Now it's her favorite place to go. There was a time when I never even wanted to drive through Anamosa, Iowa—to be that close to the big penitentiary. But now, that prison is my favorite place to go. A few years ago, I attended an Alpha conference, where believers gather for fellowship and faith discussions. There, I learned about a church that was doing prison ministry. And it

Moving Forward from the Past

Posted October 6, 2021
MOVING FORWARD FROM THE PAST Maurice was determined to break the cycle of crime in his life. By Emily Andrews There's a mental image that has stayed with Maurice since his incarceration. It's the memory of a visit from his daughter, then only a toddler, and her mother while Maurice was in prison. He still remembers how his daughter looked up at him from the other side of a glass partition. "Only through the little glass, I couldn't

Fathers Behind Bars

Posted June 18, 2021
Remembering Families Separated This Father's Day Do you know how many prisoners in America are fathers? About half. In fact, in state prisons, 48% of black prisoners, 51% of Hispanic prisoners, and 40% of white prisoners are fathers with children on the outside. Those numbers are higher for black and Hispanic federal male prisoners: 64% or about 3 in 5 are fathers compared to the 3 in 10 (30%) of white male prisoners. As we celebrate Father's Day this

Should We Change Penalties for Crack Cocaine Crimes? And Other Drug Disparity Questions Answered

Posted April 7, 2021
Frequently Asked Questions About Drug Disparity Powder cocaine has been available since the 19th century. In the 1980s, crack cocaine—made from powder cocaine, baking soda, and boiling water—appeared on American streets. Although both forms of cocaine are nearly identical chemically and have similar effects, Congress set vastly different penalties for the drugs. From 1986 to 2010, it took 100 times more powder cocaine than crack cocaine to trigger the same federal mandatory minimum sentences. While Congress

An 8-minute, 46-second Wake-up Call for Justice

Posted November 3, 2020
For many Christians, George Floyd's tragic death was an 8-minute, 46-second wake-up call for justice for all. For all the reasons 2020 will be remembered—and there are many—eight minutes and 46 seconds of smartphone video surely will stand out. Swift and far-reaching was the reaction to George Floyd's horrifying death, as a Minneapolis police officer purposely kneeled on his neck. Public outcry and protests erupted in streets here and around the globe. Politicians and athletes of all

Prison Fellowship’s Statement on Communities of Color

Posted November 3, 2020
Who Is Our Neighbor Today? We at Prison Fellowship® believe, as the Bible attests, since the fall of humanity, individual and systemic sin have threatened and destroyed the safety and peace God intended. The result: Broken lives, relationships, and communities that require the restorative justice envisioned and empowered by God and His Word. With words whenever possible, and with our actions at all times, Prison Fellowship shares the unchanging truth and unending grace of the Gospel with

Prison Fellowship Programming: The Light That Led Hamid Home

Posted August 26, 2020
An in-prison program seemed like a "beacon" calling to Hamid—the source of light he always needed. "My earliest memory of my father, Mustafa, is being with him in his home and the police coming to get me from him," remembers Hamid Bashir. "The sound of their voices echoing through my father's house, calling him to bring me out of the house. He kidnapped me from my mother." Hamid grew up in South Central Los Angeles at the

Spiritual Pursuit: Living a New Life. Singing a New Song.

Posted June 30, 2020
SPIRITUAL PURSUIT Living a New Life. Singing a New Song By Grayson Pope PART ONE | PART TWO VIDEO: REMADE | VIDEO: HEAVEN ON EARTH PART ONE: FROM 'KNUCKLEHEAD' PUNK ROCKER TO GOD'S INSTRUMENT He had been a clarinet- and trombone-playing marching band geek. But then, Richard Andrew’s parents bought him a bass guitar and an amp, and he crossed over to pursue a different genre of music—and a different life journey. "'Man,' I thought, 'life doesn't get any better than

Results of Prison Fellowship’s National Drug Report Released to Public/Press

Posted March 11, 2020
Prison Fellowship's Report Analyzes the Penalties for Possession of Commonly Abused Drugs in All 50 States and Under Federal Law WASHINGTON, D.C.—Prison Fellowship®, the nation's largest Christian nonprofit serving prisoners, former prisoners, and their families, is releasing results of The Drug Report: A Review of America's Disparate Possession Penalties. The report was prepared by criminal justice experts at Prison Fellowship. "The Drug Report reveals the broad discrepancies in penalties for possession of marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl—commonly

Second Chance™ Month – Archive (2019)

Posted November 7, 2019
News and Notable Reports would go here and link to the appropriate content. WHAT IS SECOND CHANCE MONTH? Every person has dignity and potential. But approximately 1 in 3 American adults has a criminal record, which limits their access to education, jobs, housing, and other things they need to reach that potential. Since launching the first Second Chance™ Month in 2017, Prison Fellowship has spearheaded the nationwide effort to raise awareness about these barriers and unlock brighter

From Unanswered Calls to Answered Prayers: Restoring the Relationship Between Mother and Son

Posted November 6, 2019
Drugs once came between Jeannie and her son, but God is in the business of restoring relationships. The last time Jeannie saw her grown son was eight years ago. She sat handcuffed in the back of a police car. Another drug arrest. Jeannie says that he was furious with her. She remembers him saying, "I never want to see or talk to you again. I will never forgive you for this." His words in that moment were

Annual Report – Women’s Ministry

Posted October 7, 2019
WOMEN'S MINISTRY ‘A Brighter Place’: Women’s Ministry Expansion Brings Restoration Women in prison find few rehabilitative options that meet their unique needs. That’s why we are dramatically expanding our ministry to incarcerated women through programs like Create: New BeginningsTM, the restorative, in-prison art workshops co-authored by artists Stephanie Logan Segel and Martha Ackerman, wife of Prison Fellowship’s president and CEO. This year, God opened the doors of prisons in California and Minnesota for these workshops, which use art

Annual Report – Inside Journal

Posted October 2, 2019
INSIDE JOURNAL Inside Journal Newspaper Shines Light in the Dark Prison can be a tough place to access inspiring reading material. That’s why, since 1990, Prison Fellowship® has published Inside Journal®, our quarterly, full-color newspaper for incarcerated readers. Each edition—with tailored content for men, women, and Spanish speakers—offers the hope of the Gospel, relatable stories of other prisoners with transformed lives, and practical advice about making the most of a prison sentence. This year Prison Fellowship circulated more than

A Life-Changing Experience: When the Hope of Easter Comes to Three California Prisons

Posted May 8, 2019
It's a warm and clear afternoon at the California Institute for Women (CIW) in Corona, California. The parking lot is buzzing with eager, smiling people putting on black shirts and name badges and making sure they have their IDs. They're about to "process in" to the prison and kick off a weekend full of Hope Events, where speakers, musicians, and other performers, along with local volunteers, convey the life-changing Easter message that Jesus came to

Second Chance™ Month – Grace Hill

Posted April 10, 2019
News and Notable Reports would go here and link to the appropriate content. WHAT IS SECOND CHANCE MONTH? Every person has dignity and potential. But approximately 1 in 3 American adults has a criminal record, which limits their access to education, jobs, housing, and other things they need to reach that potential. Since launching the first Second Chance™ Month in 2017, Prison Fellowship has spearheaded the nationwide effort to raise awareness about these barriers and unlock brighter