Prison Fellowship applauds the Trump Administration and the U.S. Senate on reaching an agreement on the FIRST STEP Act.
Prison Fellowship's response to today's delay of the Prison Reform and Redemption Act vote.
It is estimated that close to half of those incarcerated in state and federal prisons display some symptoms of mental illness. These men and women are more likely to return to prison after their release, and to stay longer once in prison than their fellow prisoners.
There are many hurdles facing the men and women returning to society from a period of incarceration. For some, there are ongoing struggles with addiction that must be addressed in order to avoid a return to prison. For others, there is a need to learn skills or trades that will help them become productive, contributing members of society.