We bring lasting transformation to men, women, and children impacted by incarceration around the world.


To transform the lives of prisoners, their families, and victims through a global network of ministry partners. 


To break the cycle of crime and restore lives, worldwide, through Jesus’s love.


Our core values are an essential part of how we serve you, along with the prisoners, families, and victims of crime our programs impact.


Prison Fellowship International was born out of the experience of Charles Colson, former aide to President Nixon. Convicted for a Watergate-related offense, Colson served seven months in prison. During that time he saw and experienced the difference faith in Jesus makes in people’s lives. He became convinced that the real solution to crime is found through spiritual renewal.

When Colson walked into freedom, he had a new mission in life: To reach out to men and women behind bars, and give them the opportunity to turn their lives around through Christ.

In 1979, he founded Prison Fellowship International, extending the mission and work beyond the United States, and following God’s call to proclaim the Gospel worldwide and alleviate the suffering of prisoners and their families. In 1983, Prison Fellowship International received special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

We are the largest, most extensive association of national Christian ministries working within the criminal justice field. Each of our transdenominational national ministries is grounded in indigenous leadership and local funding. This grassroots presence enables us to minister to prisoners and their families in culturally relevant ways. The heart of our ministry is our volunteers, who give so generously and powerfully of their time.

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.


We want to assure you that you can give with confidence. Prison Fellowship International meets the highest standards established by Charity Navigator and GuideStar. In fact, we have received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and have a platinum transparency rating with GuideStar. We are also accredited with the Evangelical Counsel for Financial Accountability (ECFA) and a member of the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA).

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