An Addicts Redemption

This story is the ultimate reminder to never count anyone out. Redemption is possible for everyone regardless if they are in the throes of addiction or have been incarcerated for 40 years. My guest today is CB Barthlow who just became the teaching pastor for the Denver Dream Center

Ministry in a Military Prison

Most people forget that all over the country men and women are serving time in military prisons. These prisons function mostly the same way as state and federal penitentiaries but are used mainly as a way to reform the service members and get them back into duty. But many have dealt with trauma their entire Read more about Ministry in a Military Prison[…]

Justice Film Series – 13th

The Netflix documentary “13th” explores the 13th Amendment to the Constitution and how that shaped mass incarceration in this country. The Mile High Vineyard in Colorado hosted a screening of this film as part of their Justice Film Series. After the film, I had the honor in participating on a panel with Mary Tellis from Read more about Justice Film Series – 13th[…]

Humility to Hope

Richard Bronson was making a fortune and had access into the upper crust of society when the bottom dropped out from underneath him and he landed behind bars at a federal prison camp. He tells an inspiring story of finding humility in the ashes of his former life. After a long struggle, Richard has given Read more about Humility to Hope[…]

Jobs Mean Success

Good paying jobs play a very important role in helping those leaving prison stay out of prison and lead productive and fulfilling lives. But there are many challenges and obstacles to overcome. My guest today is Jane Northrup Glenn who founded Authority Staffing and has spent years helping people with records find good employment. Also Read more about Jobs Mean Success[…]

The Plea Deal

It’s estimated that about 98% of the accused never see their day in court because they have chosen to use a plea deal. Generally it is used to reduce their sentence or to plead to lesser charges. But in other cases someone might choose a plea deal to not financially strain their families. To discuss Read more about The Plea Deal[…]

Mental Health & Private Prisons

The “Tough on Crime” laws of the 80’s and 90’s led to the massive expansion of the private prison sector and all of the “for profit” enterprise and lobbying efforts that came with it. We must ask whether private prisons are effective, save money and help reduce recidivism as they claim. Or is the quest Read more about Mental Health & Private Prisons[…]

Advocacy and Solidarity

In order to advocate for the incarcerated we must first learn to stand with them. Shawn Casselberry is a renowned author, speaker and activist. He is also the the Executive Director of Mission Year. Shawn helps us understand why we must become advocates for the incarcerated and gives some easy steps to get into action. Read more about Advocacy and Solidarity[…]

How to Reduce Recidivism

Recidivism rates are high all over the country but Michigan has managed to institute reforms that have driven their rates down. Chris Gautz with the Michigan Department of Corrections talks about their reforms and discusses the impact a new program called Vocational Village is having on employment opportunities for their inmates. Podcast: Play in new Read more about How to Reduce Recidivism[…]

Church in Proximity

When churches get into action they can make a large impact in the community they serve and can be perfectly aligned to love on those in and out of prison. My guest is Michelle Warren who is the Advocacy and Strategic Engagement Director for the Christian CommunityDevelopment Association. CCDA helps educate churches on how to engage in prison ministry Read more about Church in Proximity[…]