How does Prison Fellowship International use restorative justice in its programming?

All of Prison Fellowship International’s programs have some restorative elements and practices. For a more comprehensive answer, read the Restorative Justice Handbook to see how restorative justice is woven into Prison Fellowship International’s global work.  

How does Prison Fellowship International work to break the cycle of crime?

Millions of prisoners worldwide are locked away and forgotten. In a harsh prison environment, they experience further danger, isolation, and loss of identity. Without a plan of rehabilitation, 75% of those who re-enter society find themselves back behind bars within five years. They need inner transformation to break free from this hopeless cycle. Through in-prison programs, like The Prisoner’s Journey®, Sycamore Tree Project® and The Listener’s Way®, incarcerated men and women are invited to experience transformation, from the inside out, by exploring topics like faith, responsibility, forgiveness and reconciliation through the Gospel message.

Children of prisoners are more likely to repeat the cycle of crime and face other dangers like trafficking, child labor, violence and dropping out of school than their peers. Prison Fellowship International’s community-based children and family programs, The Child’s Journey® and PromisePath®, provide essential care to these children to ensure they flourish and avoid following their incarcerated parent’s footsteps.