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  • Faith group’s advocacy speeds prison reform bill

    May 24 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Faith group’s advocacy speeds prison reform bill

    Years of prison reform advocacy is reaping fruit for Prison Fellowship with the passage of a bill termed a “first step” in rehabilitating federal prisoners and reducing recidivism. Churches are also a crucial player in preventing incarceration, reforming prisoners and speeding their productivity upon release, Christian advocates said.

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  • ‘Second chances’ urged for re-entering prisoners

    April 30 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Second chances’ urged for re-entering prisoners

    A broad and diverse coalition that includes the Southern Baptist Convention’s ethics entity is pushing reforms in America’s justice system to foster the rehabilitation and societal re-entry of prisoners. Prison Fellowship, the well-known Christian ministry to prisoners and their families, has spearheaded the effort in April through its Second Chance Month initiative.

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  • Baptist judge helping people make ‘better choices’

    February 2 2018 by Dan Steinbeck, Missouri Pathway | with 0 comments
    Baptist judge helping people make ‘better choices’

    Judge Rachel Bringer-Shepherd is not opposed to including faith-based programs in the options for those appearing in her court on felony probation. In fact, she encourages that participation. “We have a lot of partnerships with churches and faith-based organizations in the court system of probations,” said the 10th Circuit Judge.

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  • No freedom for the captives?

    December 27 2017 by WORLD News Service staff | with 0 comments
    No freedom for the captives?

    Held captive by a determination to keep religion confined to churches and homes, the Freedom from Religion Foundation is demanding the Wisconsin Department of Corrections sever ties with an educational ministry that offers inmates a degree in Biblical studies. 

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  • ERLC helps lead call for justice reform

    June 23 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ERLC helps lead call for justice reform

    The Southern Baptist Convention’s ethics entity has joined with Prison Fellowship and other organizations in an appeal to Christians to work for a “fair and redemptive” justice system in the world’s leading incarcerating country. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission partnered with the country’s largest outreach to prisoners …

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  • Prison ministries encourage personal, spiritual growth

    June 1 2016 by Carrie Brown, The Alabama Baptist | with 0 comments
    Prison ministries encourage personal, spiritual growth

    When an inmate enters Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Ala., she loses her old life. But in Alicia Smallwood’s eyes, she also gains an opportunity for a new life in Christ regardless of past or present circumstances. In prisons throughout Alabama, chaplains and ministry volunteers share the …

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  • Incarcerated women receive milestone degrees

    May 31 2016 by Marilyn Stewart, NOBTS | with 0 comments
    Incarcerated women receive milestone degrees

    Having overcome a crisis of faith to complete her college degree, Brenda Thornton walked the chapel stage at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women. Thornton was one of 13 graduates in the first-ever awarding of bachelor degrees at the prison by Leavell College, marking a milestone for the program that began five years ago.

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  • Prison ministry focus among pastors, churches studied

    May 25 2016 by Bob Smietana, LifeWay Research | with 0 comments
    Prison ministry focus among pastors, churches studied

    While most Protestant pastors visit correctional facilities and want to help prisoners and their families, their churches often lack the training or finances to run an effective prison ministry. Those are among the findings of a new phone survey of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors from LifeWay Research.

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  • Burl Cain, former Angola warden, exonerated

    April 12 2016 by Louisiana Baptist Message & Baptist Press staff | with 0 comments
    Burl Cain, former Angola warden, exonerated

    Burl Cain, a longtime warden who infused faith into what had been called the nation’s most violent maximum security prison, has been cleared of alleged ethics breeches following investigations by two Louisiana state agencies. “Thank you so much for the prayers,” said Cain, speaking to the state’s Baptists in an exclusive interview.

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  • Task force: America needs prisons that work

    February 1 2016 by Evan Wilt, World News Service | with 0 comments
    Task force: America needs prisons that work

    A bipartisan congressional task force on Jan. 26 recommended reforms to reduce the federal prison population by 60,000 and save taxpayers more than $5 billion. The report found federal incarcerations peaked at nearly 200,000 in 2013 and more than 2.2 million people are behind bars on any given day.

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  • David Williams finds new calling after Senate career

    January 14 2016 by Kristen Lowry, Kentucky Today | with 0 comments
    David Williams finds new calling after Senate career

    After decades working as one of the most powerful men in Kentucky, David Williams suffered a series of life-altering events that afforded him the opportunity to start over again at age 59. Since then he has been ministering to prisoners some who he put behind bars himself.

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  • Angel Tree adopts new statement of faith policy

    January 7 2016 by Bonnie Pritchett, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Angel Tree adopts new statement of faith policy

    In a move that could cost the ministry an untold number of volunteers, Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree program is requiring its coordinators to affirm its statement of faith. The requirement, which became official Jan. 1, is an effort to ensure theological alignment between volunteers and the program ...

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  • Relationships drive prison ministry, NAAF told

    October 19 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Relationships drive prison ministry, NAAF told

    The number 10002648 is ingrained in the memory of Harold Dean Trulear. Whenever he preaches, he recites the number before starting. “Because that was my number when I was incarcerated in George W. Hill Correctional Facility,” Trulear often says in his outreach as national director of the Healing Communities Prison Ministry ...

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  • Angola prison ministry celebrates 20 yrs., new facility

    September 11 2015 by Marilyn Stewart, NOBTS Communications | with 0 comments
    Angola prison ministry celebrates 20 yrs., new facility

    Celebrating a 20-year partnership that has changed lives and deployed “missionaries,” New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary/Leavell College has dedicated a new facility with expanded classroom and library space at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola, La. The Aug. 27 dedication followed a graduation ceremony marking the program’s 278th graduate.

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  • Ky. prison volunteers can’t call homosexuality sin

    August 13 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Ky. prison volunteers can’t call homosexuality sin

    A Kentucky policy barring volunteers and employees in the juvenile justice system from calling homosexuality a sin has drawn criticism from the region’s Baptists and provoked the threat of a lawsuit. David Wells, a volunteer prison minister, was informed that he would no longer be permitted to serve because he refused to sign a document ...

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