Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries
This area is for individuals, families, study groups, and churches impacted by crime and incarceration.
- A brief but startling introduction to incarceration in the US
- The connection between classism and incarceration
- Negative effects of laws
- Continuing abuse and some progress in the use of solitary confinement – Nov. 2016 report from Yale Law School and the Association of State Correctional Administrators
- Every state has re-entry specialists to assist people coming out of prison to find jobs and training.
- A variety of services for people coming out of prison and for employers, by state.
- Many links for helping people coming out of prison in MD.
- DC Mayor's Office on Returning Citizen Affairs.
- Searchable database of DC services such as housing, substance abuse, mental health, social services, medical, and legal.
- Sources of help for victims in DC.
- Mentoring someone out of prison? Guidance from Prison Fellowship.
- Example of a faith-based comprehensive support program for returning citizens in
- Identify reentry services in Maryland. To get a listing of websites and phone numbers, type in a returning citizen’s address, a radius in
numberof miles, and the type(s) of services desired.
- FAIR focuses on issues facing persons on the sex offender registry (newly released or long past their sentence). For those with computer access, we offer a secure forum at that address and are getting support groups going in area communities to help registrants and adult loved ones find a sense of family and community and work together to find ways to overcome the extreme hurdles imposed by public registration.
- Getting books to inmates in DC and MD
- Serve children of incarcerated parents (Angel Tree), serve inside
prison, join prayer team; articles for family and friends of prisoners. Prison Fellowship
- Serve inside prison or juvenile facility; serve women who have a loved one in prison. Kairos Prison Ministry is in 37 states including MD, VA, and WV
- Example of a program that serves children of incarcerated parents
Advocate for change
- Support legislation for effective, evidence-based, and humane corrections policies. MD Alliance for Justice Reform (MAJR) is a bi-partisan, statewide alliance
- Add your signature to ask for
changein sentencing, transformative prison programs, and second chance reentry programs. Prison Fellowship
- Eliminate the overuse of solitary confinement in state and federal facilities in MD and VA. Interfaith Action for Human Rights
Collecting books: Deaconess Pat Marks is collecting new and very gently used (gift quality) books for children ages 0-17 whose mothers are currently incarcerated at Maryland Correctional Center for Women (MCI-W) in Jessup, Maryland, and Baylor Correctional Institution for Women in New Castle, Delaware.
Contact Marks at 703-304-8030 or to