Since 2009, God Behind Bars has partnered with churches around the country to transform the lives of prison inmates and their families. Most prisoners—as many as 92% of all incarcerated individuals—will be released back to society at some point, and 75% of them will return to prison within three years. We address this problem with a unique three-step approach that focuses on the physical, spiritual, and relational needs of inmates and their families.
We partner with local churches and other faith based-organizations to live stream dynamic, high-quality worship experiences into prisons. Wardens at the facilities offering these services say most of the inmates attend each week and that the program is changing the culture of their prisons.
We have also created an incredible app called Pando, which allows inmates streaming access to messages, devotionals, worship music, podcasts and more, right on their prison tablet, 24/7. Notably, Pando is also available for free on Google Play and the App Store so that inmates’ families can watch the same incredible content along with their loved one inside.
Family Matters is a God Behind Bars program that sets inmates on a journey to reconnect with their family through Christ and help them follow Him. During this phase, they also plug in and grow deeper in their faith by jumping into small groups. Studies have shown that 90% of inmates have struggled with addiction, so we offer the successful Celebrate Recovery program alongside other strong curriculums to help prisoners confront and fight their hurts, habits, and hang-ups.
Our re-entry process helps prisoners return to society with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. We help inmates find jobs, housing, and education opportunities, and reconnect with family and friends to develop a plan to move forward in healthy ways with the support of a faith-based community. We then continue our relationship with ex-inmates to provide ongoing support. Volunteers from the local church meet them at their prison exit and stay connected in the weeks to come, fulfilling practical needs like housing, groceries, medical treatment, counseling, life skills training, and more.