We help restore justice and healing to families and communities in response to crime.
Prison Fellowship International is a global association of 120 national affiliates, working with the assistance of over 45,000 volunteers, to promote human dignity and the transformation of prisoners.
Prison Fellowship International is the world's largest and most extensive criminal justice ministry.
Mission: The mission of Prison Fellowship International is to proclaim and demonstrate God's love by reaching out to prisoners, ex-prisoners, their families, victims and the community. PFI is a ministry of transformation and reconciliation. The heart of Jesus' teaching is love and forgiveness - living in peace with God and with one another, even those who offend us.
“Many things are possible for the person who has hope. Even more is possible for the person who has faith. And still more is possible for the person who knows how to love. But everything is possible for the person who practices all three virtues.” - Brother Lawrence. #faith #hope #love #incarceration #prison #prisonministry
Bringing the Parkrun race program into prisons, such as the Brisbane’s Women’s Correctional Centre, is “a really great initiative to get the prisoners interacting with each other in a way they wouldn't normally."
abc.net.au Why prison bosses say a new running program could help reduce reoffending and make our communities safer once inmates are released.
“Imagine Me,” a new prisoner reintegration program, recently launched in Jamaica. The program “focuses on empowering inmates while enabling them to identify training and employment opportunities just before completing their sentences.”
jamaicaobserver.com KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) launched its inmate reint...
Over the past year, more than 5,500 of the almost 15,000 prisoners convicted of mostly unintentional financial crimes were released across Iran. http://ow.ly/oTCT50yoSfJ
tehrantimes.com TEHRAN – Since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21, 2019), benefactors have freed 5,555 prisoners who had committed unintentional crimes, head of Blood Money Organization has said.
Valerie lives with her siblings in Colombia, and her mother is in prison. Her father struggles to care for his family. By sponsoring Valerie and children like her, you can provide a brighter future to children with incarcerated parents. Find out more at our website.
"Prison sentences not only impact on the prisoner but on their families too and we must ensure families, particularly children, can easily visit a loved one whilst they are serving their sentence.” http://ow.ly/p1fT50yoS97
ross-shirejournal.co.uk MSP David Stewart wants to see a new women's custody unit created in the Highlands.
“Had my father not gone to prison I would never have thought of this. Now my motivation is to make an impact on society and create contributors.” The creator of the Prison Opticians Trust helps rebuild lives through training and paid work for incarcerated individuals. http://ow.ly/N31x50yoS80
express.co.uk ITS inspirational courses teaching inmates to make spectacles and find skilled paid work are cutting reoffending rates and helping to rebuild lives, and now visionary business The Prison Opticians Trust is expanding with an online store.
Prison Fellowship International is called and dedicated to communicating the redemptive love and transforming power of Jesus Christ to prisoners, ex-prisoners, their families, and victims of crime around the world. Learn more about Prison Fellowship International at our website: pfi.org #redemptivelove #prison #prisonministry #hope
Alternative sentencing is a priority for the Barbados Minister of Home Affairs. “I think that the people of Barbados understand that it is not feasible or practical to continue to pay 30, 32 thousand dollars per year to house someone at Dodds in some cases waiting for a trial...”
barbadosadvocate.com Alternative sentencing remains a priority for Minister of Home Affairs, Edmund Hinkson, who explained that the cost of providing for just one inmate at the prison is more than $30 000 annually.
“It gives me the incentive to keep my head down and work hard to keep the privilege of getting to see my family each Friday. It means everything to me,” says an incarcerated man who is participating in the “Friday night homework club” at Durham prison with his family.
thenorthernecho.co.uk A special group for dads in prison allows men to spend quality time with their children. Gavin Havery spoke to members of the HMP Durham Friday…
The Ministry of Health and Sports says it hopes to provide comprehensive health care in prisons across Myanmar by 2025. http://ow.ly/EXbN50yoRWu
mmtimes.com The Ministry of Health and Sports said it hopes to implement better health care in all prisons across the country by 2025, focusing in addressing infectious communicable and non-communicable diseases, a senior official said.
Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God. - Corrie Ten Boom #future #prison #prisonministry #childsponsorship #hope
“It’s a long journey of a life sentence with no visitation or support system. But His grace encompasses me. I cannot love Him as much as Jesus loves me. I feel Him daily, and when I fall, He lifts me up. I’m free and waiting for Jesus to welcome me into Heaven. ‘If the Son sets you free, you are free indeed.’” http://ow.ly/zHtf50yoRU2
Four prisoners in Jamaica will receive scholarships valued at $300,000 each to earn a degree through an online program at the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean. t’s a pilot project beginning this spring.
stabroeknews.com (Jamaica Observer) Four prisoners have been given the chance to gain a university education through a multi-agency partnership that will see them
“One thing that struck me was a thread pulling all the entries together – empathy. All, in some way, touched on how important it was for guards to find a way to make a human connection to the men and women inside, to understand and to allow growth and change.” http://ow.ly/axnu50yoRgn
bigissue.com Compassion and empathy lie at the heart of connecting to others inside a prison, whether guard or inmate
"I feel passionately about empowering women to change their lives for the better and I decided to do something about it.” Laura Gallery trains and hires formerly incarcerated women to work in her York, England, deli. http://ow.ly/911d50yoRed
yorkpress.co.uk MORE than £14,500 has been raised through a crowdfunding campaign to open a new cafe - set to be run by former female prisoners.
“I always dreamed of being rich and I didn’t care how I got there. Because of that, I began trafficking drugs and eventually got caught and sentenced to 10 years in prison. After participating in the Sycamore Tree Project course, I began to understand the seriousness of crime and the ripple effect that it has. Now, I have made up my mind to never to be a part of these kinds of unlawful activities again. I now know the tremendous effect crime has on the entire community and I do not want to cause those kinds of problems anymore.” – Prisoner.
“Prisoners’ children are at a much greater risk of experiencing negative educational, behavioural and emotional outcomes … and future incarceration,” per a recently released report in Ireland. http://ow.ly/5WDG50yoR5E
independent.ie A CALL has been made for parenting support initiatives in prisons and communities, after a new report revealed the impact having an incarcerated parent has on children.
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6
#trust #prisonministry #childsponsorship
An FM radio station will soon be broadcasting information, message, and music to prisoners in India’s Burail Jail, as well as providing training so they can eventually run the station.
timesofindia.indiatimes.com Setting out to reform and rehabilitate prisoners, the UT administration is soon going to start an in-house FM radio facility, which will be run by the
Last month, a book of essays written by prisoners at the Dubai Jail, entitled “I Will Fly,” was showcased at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature.
gulfnews.com ‘Tomorrow I Will Fly’ will be donated to prisons globally, say organisers
Thanks to a new voicemail system at Wolston Correctional Center in the UK, prisoners can keep in better contact with their families. http://ow.ly/YKcJ50yoQuV
miragenews.com Hearing the voice of a loved one is crucial in helping prisoners cope with custody and thanks to a new voicemail system, regular family contact for...
Ved likes dancing and the color blue. He lives with his mother in India; his father is in prison. As Ved’s sponsor, you help provide nutritious food, healthcare, and opportunities to experience God’s love. Find out more at our website. http://ow.ly/uzfQ50yoQtD
After promising her formerly incarcerated brother that she would “always see the human being behind the criminal record,” Stephanie Simbo founded Beyond Bars Akademia in Cape Town, Africa. http://ow.ly/BRW450yoQmw
thedailybeast.com Beyond Bars Akademia just enrolled its second class of former female inmates who will receive an education in hospitality and a chance to restart their lives.
Changes are being made in the UK’s criminal justice system to make sure punishments fit the severity of the crime, as well as creating a “greater period of rehabilitation” for prisoners. http://ow.ly/WaYU50yoPNc
morningstaronline.co.uk by Our News DeskMonday, January 27, 2020 Prisoners serving more of their sentences ‘will increase pressure on prisons’ × You can read 9 more articles this month Please help support the Morning Star by subscribing here PLANS to keep serious offenders behind bars for longer may not help to cut cr...
“I wanted to just complete my sentence and return home without goals. When I was told about The Prisoner’s Journey, I enrolled and went to my first meeting. Each class about Jesus changed my vision for my life and gave me the desire to become a new person. I learned many things through the course that touched me deeply and today I see with new eyes the real meaning of the word ‘recovery.’” -- Prisoner, Brazil
“As the Jamaican economy improves, there may even be value in providing tax breaks to encourage the employment of ex-prisoners. Like it or not, making sure that those who have done time are given a chance to make good, is enlightened self-interest.” http://ow.ly/FjyX50yoPKv
jamaicaobserver.com Such is the level of crime and its devastating effects on society it is hard for most Jam...
“It’s clear that the biggest problem with the criminal justice system is that it doesn’t reform.”
I was lucky enough to forge a successful career in British and US politics after serving my prison sentence, but not all ex-offenders are as fortunate
“I want to go wherever God sends me to carry out my living testimony. It burns inside of me like a candle, day and night. I cannot stop thinking about what Jesus did for me, and when I think of all the other people on this earth, who are still inside prisons and in gangs killing others, being drunk and on drugs, not living but being ‘living dead’ . . . I want to go and tell them what Jesus did for me.” http://ow.ly/KQuu50y6uiu
pfi.org As a young man, Thati experienced deep pain and anger that led to crime. But while in prison, he met Christ—and his real life journey began.
Pastor Carlos Mariñelarena in Mazatlan, Mexico, has opened dozens of breakfast kitchens, run by former prisoners, to help spread the Gospel in that country. “We work with people at these prisons who are at their lowest point in life with destroyed families, they have no hope. So we share Christ with them, we baptize them, we disciple them, we teach them to work.”
christianpost.com Pastor Carlos Mariñelarena has used the power of gift-giving to reach hundreds of children and families for Jesus and has opened a dozen breakfast kitchens run by former inmates to help continue spreading the Gospel.
“Prison should be converted from a place of detention to a place of rehabilitation,” said Caretaker Minister of the Interior Raya Hassan of Lebanon. #Lebanon #prisonreform #incarceration
the961.com Aiming to convert prisons from a place of detention into a place of rehabilitation.
“May the Lord bless Prison Fellowship International! Through it God showed me how I had filled myself with resentment. I had no hope, but it is thanks to Jesus and the church that I have had the strength to continue. I learned from The Prisoner’s Journey that God is always with me.” #hope #incarceration #prison #prisonministry
At the end of 2019, the number of prisoners and detainees across Japan fell below 50,000 for the first time in 23 years. #incarceration #Japan http://ow.ly/KtdD50y6tmc
japantimes.co.jp At present, no prisons or detention facilities have a shortage of capacity, and the occupancy rate stands at slightly below 60 percent of overall national capacity.
“To prevent reoffending, prisons should be places of rehabilitation and recovery. That work must continue when offenders leave the prison gates. The criminal justice is fundamentally failing when people are reoffending just to get a meal or a place to sleep.” http://ow.ly/ZDAK50y6tfE
invisiblepeople.tv Studies have found former inmates are 10 times more likely to experience homelessness upon release from prison than the general public.
Umutoni’s father is in prison. Her mother abandoned her and her sister and left them with their uncle who took them in. When the family was introduced to our child sponsorship program, Umutoni says she felt loved and cared for immediately. Her dream is to become a pilot. Learn more about Umutoni and how you can make a difference in families of prisoners at our website. http://ow.ly/OMHV50y6t9I
pfi.org Umutoni dreams of becoming a pilot, but when her father was sent to prison and her mom left her, her dreams were almost dashed. Now she’s working hard to make them come true.
After a rough youth and time in prison, it was the birth of his son that led James Wilson to turn his life around. Now, he’s pursuing a career in comedy. “With comedy, I've got nothing to lose and everything to gain. I want to be successful and make my son proud and make me someone he can be proud of." http://ow.ly/kBh150y6t53
hulldailymail.co.uk James Wilson has spent time in prison but now says he wants to pursue a career in comedy
“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13 #prison #prisonministry #donotfear
The Supreme Court, the National Police Agency and the Ministry of Justice in Korea have decided to implement the National Human Rights Commission of Korea’s instructions for protecting children of prisoners. #Korea #children #prisoners http://ow.ly/ejjk50y6stG
koreaherald.com Law enforcement authorities are introducing measures to better protect the rights of children of incarcerated people.The National Human Rights Commission of Korea said Sunday the Supreme Court, the National Police Agency and the Ministry of Justice have decided to implement the commission’s instru...
Prison Fellowship International is the world's largest and most extensive criminal justice ministry. We help to restore justice and healing in response to crime for all those impacted: prisoners and their children and families, victims of crime, and communities. We do this through humanitarian outreach and Bible-based programming both inside and outside of prisons. To learn more, visit pfi.org.
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Prison Fellowship exists to exhort, equip, and assist the Church in its ministry to prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families.