If not you, then who will rise to help those who have been sentenced to the "forgotten prison", and have done nothing to deserve it?

Children visiting their fathers who are incarcerated.




A gathering of those who minister to our brothers and sisters are incarcerated, who go into the correctional facilities, encourage and offer support by building trusting relationships. That extend past their release date and be part of the ‘returning citizens’ life with their family. We do this by leading Bible studies, discussion groups and peer to peer support groups on the inside. Breaking the Chains Conference also includes ‘returning citizens’ and their families. This is a time of mutual learning and celebration together.



The Breaking the Chains Summit is a meeting of those who lead Prison and Jail Ministries. We offer encouragement, support and education opportunities. We pray for each other and the individuals we reach and touch. We share success stories.




A men’s accountable group of 12 men with a facilitator(s). Men need other men to be men. Issues the men just want to talk to other guys about. It is true “Iron Sharpens Iron”. All men’s issues will be covered.




A support group for women that supports women. A group of 12 women plus a facilitator. Women discuss issues that affect women. This is a team of women that are pledged to confidentiality, with high accountability.


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Why Hiring People with Criminal Records Benefits All of Us​

From the smallest “mom and pop” shop to the largest international corporation, businesses across America are constantly looking for good employees. We want committed, engaging and creative individuals who can grow our organizations. We scour applications and resumes, trying to discern whether a potential employee will fulfill our needs and become an asset to our teams.

In the past, many employers would often not consider hiring people who had even minor criminal records. But as the former CEO of a 10,000-employee organization, I have one message for America: we can no longer exclude this vital component of our workforce.

An estimated one in three American adults has a criminal record of some kind. And about 600,000 people leave our nation’s prisons every year, looking to rejoin the workforce. While individuals in this group of workers won’t be right for every job, the right job is out there for everyone. VIEW MORE...


Few groups in America face more difficult challenges than prisoners returning to society. More than half are arrested for a new crime within three years of release. Too often, government agencies, service providers, and communities do not work together to maximize the effectiveness of reentry programs and minimize barriers to employment and integration. These shortcomings have implications for current and former inmates and their families, as well as public safety and state budgets.

Corey Parks is the author of Crime and Punishment an autobiography about his life and the choices that landed him in prison for 15 years. Corey has been the poster child for change and successful prison re-entry. His book is showing young people how to avoid making the same mistakes he's made, and how to make positive healthy choices.

Achievement lesson for Bureau of Prisons Reentry Program. Available on EarningFreedomProducts.com / Michael@MichaelSantos.com / 415-419-1728

A re-entry program has been created to help ex-offenders transition back into the community. For more New Jersey news, visit NJTV News online at njtvnews.org.

Warren County Regional Jail is one example of how inmates are benefiting specifically from the GED program.

A program found only at Folsom Prison is helping female inmates get jobs in architecture and engineering. Subscribe to KCRA on YouTube now for more.

In this animated interview, the sociologist Bruce Western explains the current inevitability of prison for certain demographics of young black men and how it's become a normal life event. "We've chosen the response of the deprivation of liberty for a historically aggrieved group, whose liberty in the United States was never firmly established to begin with," Western says.



Prison Fellowship President and CEO, James Ackerman addresses the Justice That Restores conference in Tampa, Florida, September 2016.

Providing Hope and Encouragement for Women and their Children who have been left behind by a husband that has been sent to prison, leaving them behind in a prison of their own. Not one behind bars but one of the World.

Devon, at a monthly support group in Albany, New York for mothers, sisters, and wives of incarcerated family members, shares how having two family members in prison has both drawn her family together and stirred tensions.


Excellent video!  I'll be using it in class tonight.  I ask my students to write a paper comparing the impact of military deployment and imprisonment on families.  This video will help them a lot!  Thanks for including sources.

Kids with Parents in Prison Get on the Bus for Fathers Day

KRON 4's Alecia Reid reports

Education is the silver bullet that has the power to disrupt poverty. It has the potential to break the cycle of poverty in just one generation. At the core of the American spirit is the ability to look at any child, no matter their social status, and say to them, "If you get your education and work hard, you can have the American dream." It feels like that's getting harder and harder to say. We are in danger of losing the power and potential of the silver bullet and our very future depends


The Recovery Unplugged Alcohol & Drug Rehab Program

Music in substance abuse recovery program.


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Drug recovery programs effective alternative to jail

Those struggling with addiction may be getting a second chance to kick their habit and turn their lives around. Governor Malloy visited a program in Willimantic he says can be an effective alternative to prison.

Picking up after teen drug recovery facility shuts down

KRQE (Albuquerque): Local program picking up slack after teen drug recovery facility shuts down

Why are some able to transcend their addiction while others are not? What do people really need to escape the shame of their addiction and achieve sustained recovery? Jacki's talk focuses on answering these questions and demonstrates how resilience of the human spirit intersects with social contextual factors to set the stage for those struggling with addiction to choose a pathway to health.

On the road to recovery from his drug & alcohol addiction, Scott Strode found self-confidence and a new identity in sports. “Every time I stood on top of a mountain or crossed a finish line, I was a little more a climber, and a little less an addict,” Scott explains. Is it possible that creating a community of sober athletes might revolutionize recovery?



Officials talk about juvenile justice in Alabama and the River Region and pose the question: How young is too young? d take a moment to drop us a line. VIEW MORE...

"We're so young, we're still growing up," shares Jordan Baker, 20. "We haven't gotten to experience a lot of things like other people have." Jordan had an unstructured childhood. His mother left him with a foster family, and he grew up with no rules or consequences. SEE MORE...


We believe we are called to “…love our neighbors as ourselves.”

At Main Thing First Ministries we believe in ‘Law and Order’, we recognize we are a nation of laws, not of men.  Crime, like all sin must be answered.  When the legal system prescribes punishment, it must be carried out.  But we also recognize that the families of the  incarcerated are suffering because of the actions of a loved one.  Main Thing First Ministries desires to support this families, especially the children.  We believe if we can reach the families thru this time of separation, they will be uplifted and the burden will be better managed.  We believe this will lower the possibility of the children being incarcerate.  We believe this will make a better, stronger and safer community.

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