Ministries

Prisoner Re-entry and Aftercare Ministries

The reality of incarceration is not only painful and devastating but also closer to us than we would like to admit. By the end of 2009, more than 1.6 million people were reported to be behind bars, either in state or federal prisons. This means that one in every 31 adults is under correctional control in the United States. Their spouses, children, parents and other relatives are likely sitting in our pews.

Wherever God leads you and your church to serve in this ministry, ABHMS wants to help you to find the tools and resources that will guide you on the journey. We want to help you become a “station of hope” for our brothers and sisters who need care and support. We want to help you to serve the least of these .

Statistics

The reality of incarceration is not only painful and devastating, but also closer to us than we would like to admit. By the end of 2009, more than 1.6 million people were reported to be behind bars, either in state or federal prisons.

Prison population in the United States by the end of 2009: 1,613,656
Parents of minors: 809,800
Almost 1.5 million minors have a parent in prison.

More than 7.3 million individuals in the United States are either on probation or parole or in jail or prison.

Probation 4,293,163
Parole    824,365
Prison 1,512,576
Jail    780,581

 

This means that one in every 31 adults is under correctional control in the United States.
Total U.S. adult population: 232,403,959
Correctional population: 7,410,685

The prison system is the fastest growing industry in America. The system is also facing financial crisis and, therefore, opting for early releases at an extremely growing rate. Are our communities prepared for this huge influx of returning citizens? Are our churches ready to open their doors and welcome individuals that deserve a second chance? Are we prepared to deal with the conflicts caused by having victims and perpetrators entering the same place of worship?

Network

Our Prisoner Re-entry National Network is comprised of 20 members, prison chaplains, local pastors, leaders of re-entry organizations, and lay leaders in different parts of the country. They are equipped ministers with a passion for re-entry and willing to help you. As members of this team, they can provide you with resources in your area. For a listing of the members, please contact Tina Harp.

Resources