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This edited volume considers the impact of incarceration on the African American community and the biblical mandate for an intentional response from the church. The book features model ministries that address:

  • Incarceration
  • Prisoner reentry
  • Care of families
  • Political advocacy around issues in criminal justice reform

Contributors include scholars, ministry practitioners, pastors, and formerly incarcerated individuals who offer a paradigm for “prisoner ministry” that goes beyond traditional worship and Bible study programs. They provide insight and practical strategies for developing an authentic relational encounter—not only with prisoners but with their families, from the time of incarceration to the transition back into home, church, and society.

Contributors include:

  • Karen Swanson,  director, Institute for Prison Ministries 
  • Deborah Jackson-Meyers, founder and executive director, Breaking the Chain Foundation
  • Michael Smith, founder, Cross of Christ Ministries
  • Alfreda Robinson-Dawkins, founder, National Women’s Prison Project, Inc.
  • Madeline McClenney-Sadler, founder, Exodus Foundation.org
  • Elwood Gray, president, National Coalition of Prison Ministries
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