More than 10 million prisoners worldwide are locked away and forgotten.
Cut off from society, they reside in a culture that does not rehabilitate and is often based on the threat of violence. To survive, they learn to protect themselves through the same means that got them into prison, perpetuating a culture of violence and retaliation. So it’s not surprising that 75% of these men and women will reoffend within 5 years of their release—and the cycle continues.
And prisoners aren’t the only ones affected by their crimes.
Victims of crime are largely ignored, often suffering in silence. Among them are the more than 14 million children around the world, who have lost one or both parents to prison. These children are among the world’s most forgotten and destitute populations. Many are hidden from society, living in remote, hard-to-reach communities and experiencing extreme poverty. Much worse off than impoverished children whose parents aren’t in prison, they are in danger of slavery, sex-trafficking, and violence.
One in five children will repeat the cycle of crime—unless someone intervenes.
It’s easy to feel hopeless when the problem is so deeply rooted in our society.
But there is a better way—a proven way—that is successfully making a difference.
For more than 40 years, Prison Fellowship International has built programs in prisons around the world that are restoring prisoners’ lives, helping their families, and successfully integrating them back into the community—for good.
The approach is so simple and it starts with people like you. You give us the ability to:
Share the Gospel
The Prisoner’s Journey
invites prisoners on a transformative journey to learn about Jesus the Prisoner, what He wants for them, and what He calls them to do.
234,000+ prisoners have accepted the invitation
rescues, restores, and rebuilds the lives of children of prisoners through practical care and spiritual and emotional
5,700+ children of prisoners lives being restored
Sycamore Project–Justice & Peace helps prisoners understand the impact of their crime through personal reflection and exploring ways to repair harm caused by crime.
4,600+ prisoners learning to repair harm caused by crime