The Answer Center is very active in Prison Ministry. We support the principles of Georgia’s Faith and Character Based Initiatives for Restorative Justice.
We are currently serving in Phillips Transition Center and Walker State Prison. If you would like to know more about what we are doing or would like to volunteer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Annie E. Casey Foundation - Balancing Justice with Mercy-
This detailed practice guide illuminates the Healing Communities model, which seeks to engage church members in restoration and healing of people in their own congregations affected by crime and incarceration. As presented in this guide, faith communities can offer a place of non-judgment, acceptance, love, caring, forgiveness, reconciliation, redemption and restoration. Detailed stories, background information, resources and practical suggestions are included that show how this model can transform hearts, create a sense of inclusion, reduce the stigma and shame associated with incarceration and criminal records, and build networks of support that start in houses of worship and expand to the community at large.
- Healing Communities USA-
Building relationships of healing, redemption and reconciliation in families and communities impacted by crime and mass incarceration. Healing Communities is a framework for a distinct form of ministry for men and women returning from or at risk of incarceration, their families and the larger community. Healing Communities challenges congregations to become Stations of Hope for those persons affected by the criminal justice system.
- Justice That Heals - The Movie-
This one hour documentary explores the aftermath of a senseless murder of a 19-year-old young man named Andrew Young by 18-year-old Mario Ramos. It centers on Mario’s parish priest, Fr. Bob Oldershaw, as he confronted the reality that this terrible act was committed by a member of his church, and further, that the family of the victim lived in the very neighbourhood of the church.
- Restorative Justice Online-
Restorative Justice Online is a service of the Prison Fellowship International Centre for Justice and Reconciliation. Its purpose is to be an authoritative, credible, non-partisan resource of information on restorative justice. The Restorative Justice Online editors have developed several features they hope will help users navigate the site.
- Lancaster County Reentry-
The Mission of the Lancaster County Reentry Management Organization is to achieve safer communities through reduced recidivism by providing support and assistance to transitioning inmates through an intentional network of faith-based and community organizations in partnership with the criminal justice system.
- Resources for Healing Communities Congregations-
The Lancaster County RMO is pleased to offer these resources for Healing Communities congregations as you work toward the restoration and healing of persons who have been affected by crime, whether as victims of crime or surviving family members of victims, defendants, prisoners, people coming home from prison ("returning citizens") or their family members.
- Prison Fellowship-
We believe that no life is beyond the reach of God’s power, and we envision a future in which countless prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families, are redeemed, restored, and reconciled through the love and truth of Jesus Christ. We equip local churches and thousands of trained volunteers to spread the Gospel and nurture disciples behind prison walls, so that men and women become new creations in Christ – not repeat offenders. We prepare Christian inmates to become leaders of their families, communities, and churches once they are released back into the community. We support inmates’ families, helping them become reconciled to God and one another through transformative relationships with local churches.
- Georgia Department of Corrections - Faith Based Pamplet-
The only way these programs can work is with the time, dedication and donations from the community and people like you. The purpose of the program is to strengthen the offender’s resolve to change through participation in the Faith and Character-based curriculum and to provide an atmosphere for that change to occur.
The ultimate goal is to reduce recidivism through a transformation of the offender and provide the opportunity to re-enter society and become a productive citizen.
Our Faith and Character Based programs are showing a 12% recidivism rate within a 3 year time period; this is compared to 28% within the same time period for offenders who do not participate in this kind of program.
- Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies-
Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Job Readiness.
- The Council of State Governments Justice Center-
The Council of State Governments Justice Center is a national nonprofit organization that serves policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels from all branches of government. Staff provides practical, nonpartisan advice and evidence-based, consensus-driven strategies to increase public safety and strengthen communities.
- Faith and Character Based Initiative-
Faith and Character Based Initiative