"Then the King will say to those on his right. ... For I prison and you visited me."

  Matthew 25:35-36

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you ...  in prison and go to visit you?’ Matthew 25:37-39

“Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”  Matthew 25:40

Jesus is intimate with his family. He is specific about visiting prisoners. We are called to embody Jesus’ heart and show forth his compassion to prisoners. 

It is a very practical ministry of - Incarnation – love made visible in the flesh. Being there. Ours are a new set of ears listening to immensely consequential stories which have worn thin in the retelling to familiar cell and pod mates. Ours are new conversations and new perspectives.

  • Seven million citizens are  active in the US criminal justice system. 
  • 2.2 million US sisters and brothers are incarcerated. 
  • 1 in every 100 men, 1 in every 1700 women resides in a state or federal facility. 
  • The US incarcerates more of its own citizens than any other country in the world.
  • One of the fastest growing industry in the United States  is the private for-profit prison industry.

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