Resources, Ministries & Programs
Mary Joel Davis, Executive Director
24505 North Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218
A small non-profit organization that assists families separated due to incarceration to deal with domestic relations, housing, child support, divorce papers and other issues. Provides educational seminars in prisons and jails and refers cases to pro bono counsel. This organization also conducts a program called Positive Directions, which was awarded a Prisoner Reentry Initiative grant to assist ex-offenders in returning to society permanently.
AVP is a nationwide and worldwide association of volunteer groups offering experiential workshops in conflict resolution, responses to violence, and personal growth.
Christian Jail Ministry
The Christian Jail Ministry, based at the Howard County, MD, Detention Center since 1979, meets spiritual, personal and social needs of jail and prison inmates, former inmates, their families, corrections personnel, and those involved in ministry to prisoners through an effective Christ-centered, faith-based approach. About 300 volunteers from several dozen churches provide Sunday and special worship services, Bible classes, discipleship training, counseling, and 12-step help for addictions. CJM also encourages churches to better address the social needs of former prisoners and inmate families and encourages social justice. The many ministries include a poetry program, gift cards for inmates to send, Christmas for inmates' children, volunteer training and a newsletter available by e-mail and designed to fit church bulletins.
The Community of St. Dysmas
The Community of St. Dysmas is an Evangelical Lutheran congregation within the Maryland correctional system. The congregation held its first services in the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women, in Jessup in April 1985, and has since grown to include the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup for men (in October 1985), the Maryland Correctional Institution in Hagerstown for men (in November 1996), and more recently at RCI and MCTC. The congregation has a speakers' bureau of former members, council members, and pastors, who are available to speak before church or community groups or at worship services. Volunteers are the cornerstone of this ministry.
Episcopal Chapel of the Transfiguration
Trinity Episcopal Church
The Chapel “parish” is governed by the inmates and volunteers from Trinity Episcopal Church. A full Eucharist is held the first Tuesday of every month in the prison chapel with nearly 50 “outside” volunteers taking part with the inmates. Their work also includes a ministry to senior inmates and praying for those prisoners who have lost a loved one.
Epiphany Ministry, Inc.
Good News Jail & Prison Ministry
Founded in 1997, Hope House provides creative programs for inmates incarcerated far from home and their families; works to raise the level of awareness among the general public about inmate issues and concerns; creates programs for the children and wives of prisoners which assist them in dealing with separation from their loved ones. But mostly Hope House offers comfort and the knowledge that these inmates, so far from home, have not been forgotten. It began our its work with incarcerated men and families from the Washington area, Hope House now reaches incarcerated fathers from around the nation. Its slogan: "Helping fathers be dads."
Ships Jewish books and ritual items and maintains an audiovisual library for chaplains or prisoners; provides a penpal service; sets up volunteer visits for classes, programs or individual contact; offers a marriage enrichment program. Serves as an advocate for religious rights, and provides post-release assistance.
Kairos is a three-day interdenominational Christian weekend offered by
volunteers inside prisons with follow-up group reunions and meetings.
NPHA promotes hospice care for terminally ill prisoners. Its purpose is to assist corrections and hospice professionals in their continuing efforts to develop high quality patient care procedures and management programs. It provides a network for the exchange of information between corrections facilities, community hospices and other concerned agencies about existing programs, best practices and new developments in the prison hospice field.
National Women's Prison Project, Inc.
Founded by Alfrieda ("Freda") Robinson-Dawkins, who was in prison for a decade, the project works to help women return to their communities with counseling, mentoring, education, housing, transportation, drug treatment and education, medical assistance, scholarships and community referrals.
Pastors to Prisoners
A cross-country network of local churches and trained volunteers who
use their gifts to minister to those in prisons, to families, and to
ex-offenders, to promote criminal justice reform. Programs include the
Angel Tree project and camps for inmates' children..
The Prisons Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the arts and education behind bars and to workiing for law and prison reform. Its Web site includes stories, letters and music by former and current inmates and links to related resources.
based on the great books curriculum of St. Johns College enable
prisoners to gain self- and mutual respect, to feel they are human beings,
and to learn thinking and communication skills.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Baltimore
Many ministries, including those for the homeless and unemployed, seniors, children and families.
9A Central Ave.
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Fax : (410) 761-8617
Owen Taylor, coordinator
Community Re-Entry Support Team (CREST) is a coordinated assembly of community institutions, concerned businesses, government agencies, and related faith-based resources providing a single clearing house for the activities and services of its members. Members include representatives from government agencies, community and faith-based organizations, local churches, and concerned businesses in Anne Arundel County.
Based in East Baltimore, the Jericho Program is funded by the Department of Labor, parishes, foundations and individuals. Jericho helps men reenter their communities by providing intensive year-long services with the main objective of getting and retaining employment. Jericho provides:
*Job readiness training
*Job placement services
*Year-long support services and mentoring.
Jericho provides referrals to and/or time-limited financial support for some services, such as:
*Mental health and physical health services
* Substance abuse recovery support
*Vocational training, GED preparation
* Temporary housing
* Veterans' resources
All participants receive bus passes, incentives based on performance, work clothing, daily meals and basic computer training. Particpants must be nonviolent male ex-offenders, 18 years of age or older, and recently released (6 months or less).
National Women's Prison Project, Inc.
by Alfrieda ("Freda") Robinson-Dawkins, who was in prison for a decade, the project
works to help women return to their communities with counseling,
mentoring, education, housing, transportation, drug treatment and
education, medical assistance, scholarships and community referrals.
OPEN INC. (Offender Preparation and Education Network, Inc.) is a small nonprofit organization founded in Dallas in 1979. It develops educational materials and programs used by correctional agencies to help offenders prepare to live as law-abiding citizens. OPEN's products are considered unique because they are developed specifically for offenders and approach issues from the offender's viewpoint. OPEN also provides technical assistance and training for correctional staff to improve their effectiveness and job satisfaction, and publishes a quarterly newsletter, Insights, to provide a forum for criminal justice professionals to share information about innovative and effective correctional programming.
A Peaceful Habitation Home and Aftercare Ministry, Inc. (N.M.)
A Peaceful Habitation Home & Aftercare Ministry, Inc. is a Christian program for women coming out of prison. All residents are expected to live and work together as a family for six months in a Christian atmosphere that is smoke, drug, and alcohol free.
Positive Directions --
Prison Aftercare Ministry
Using Stephen Ministries, St. James' and two other churches, have trained volunteer aftercare me-inisters, coordinated with chaplains, to help inmates in two Montgomery County facilities grow spiritually and educationally inside prison and after release to help them build a constructive life.
Prisoners Aid Association
A citywide task force formed in 2002 by the Mayor's Office created a one-stop center where ex-offenders find job-training, education and housing help. Volunteers are badly needed to assist the staff, especially in teaching computer skills.
Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington
The Way Home
The Way Home, an interfaith community ministry, supports men and women in their transition from prison to home, and engages the community in this work. The program offers three years of post-release case management and helps with the initial needs of food, shelter, clothing, spiritual support, mentoring, job search and transportation.
The Children's Center
information and referral service using trained volunteers to help
persons and families in need reach the services and agencies that
can help them. It is a cooperative ministry of Christ Church, Baptist
Family and Children's Services and the Mid-Maryland Baptist Association.
Christ Church Link also gives backpacks and school supplies and Christmas
gifts to children in need.
A private company that operates Bad Check Restitution Programs and Misdemeanor Programs for prosecutors designed to provide alternatives to prison at no cost to the taxpayers. First time offenders are given an opportunity to comply with program terms and avoid prosecution on a post filing/pretrial basis. ACCS tracks the offender,provides intervention counseling classes, manages restitution issues and communicates all information back to the prosecutor and the courts. Cost paid by offenders.
American Friends Service Committee
The American Friends Service Committee has provided service, development, social justice and peace education throughout the world since 1917. It was organized by Quakers to help conscientious objectors aid civilian victims during World War I. Programs focus on peace building and demilitarization, social and economic justice and youth issues, criminal justice reform, prison ministry, restorative justice, alternatives to incarceration, and opposition to the death penalty.
Conquest Offender Reintegration Ministry (CORM)
A private, non-profit educational organization that promotes solutions to the problems facing the criminal justice system. It assists policy makers, criminal justice professionals, and the public by disseminating information about preventing crime and improving the quality of justice through education programs, publications, and the news media.
A national effort to reduce crime through criminal justice reform. Issues include opposing the death penalty, treating juveniles as adults, and utilizing restorative justice methods, education and training rather than chaining.
Episcopal Peace Fellowship
The Episcopal Peace Fellowship is a body within the church whose mission is to aid and encourage all Episcopalians to strive for justice and peace among all people and to bear nonviolent witness to Christ's call for peace. Originally founded in 1939, this fellowship quickly adopted the task of supporting Episcopalian conscientious objectors and their families during World War II. Today, among other activities, it monitors the work of the national Episcopal Church and introduces peace and justice related resolutions to the General Convention. The site provides links witih other groups in the church involved with peace and justice and restorative justice issues.
Families Against Mandatory Minimums
The FAMM foundation is a national organization of citizens working to reform federal and state mandatory sentencing laws that remove judicial discretion. FAMM educates the public and policymakers about mandatory sentences through media outreach, grassroots campaigns and direct action. FAMM does not argue that crime should go unpunished but that the punishment should fit the crime.
International Community Corrections Assn. (ICCA)
ICCA is a private, nonprofit organization representing a continuum of community-based corrections programs. It provides information, training and other services to ehnance the quality of services and supervision for adult and juvenile offenders, as well as to promote effective management practices. Its goal is to promote and enhance community-based corrections as a vital component of the justice system.
Interfaith Drug Policy Initiative
The Interfaith Drug Policy Initiative was established in November 2003 to mobilize people of faith and religious groups behind more compassionate and less coercive alternatives to the war on drugs.
Justice Policy Institute
The Justice Policy Institute is a private nonprofit research center and a public policy organization dedicated to ending society's reliance on incarceration and promoting effective and just solutions to social problems.
The Justice Project
The Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, (CCJR), brings to the attention both of American citizens and of legislators at state and federal levels the far too dramatic gaps that still exist between American principles of justice and the American practice of the criminal justice system in daily life. Its message is clear, simple and disturbing: the criminal justice system in the United States, especially the system of capital punishment, is riddled with flaws, and corrective steps can -- and must -- be taken. In particular, the project advocates the passage of effective legislation to protect against the possibility of innocent people being sentenced to death.
Studies public policies and practices and proposed alternatives with respect to all aspects of crime and violence, crime prevention, criminal law, corrections, victim restoration, dispute resolution and other related subjects, especially as implemented in Maryland.
Mother Jones www.motherjones.com/prisons
PARC (Prison Activist Reform Center)
PARC is a grassroots collective project launched in 1994 out of Berkeleys LongHaul, an activist community center and political library. It is maintained by longtime prison activists and legal workers and serves as a information clearinghouse. Its goals: to expose widespread injustices in prisons; to inspire people to take positive action for prisoners human and civil rights; and to provide practical support to activists who are taking such action.
The nonprofit, nonpartisan Prison Policy Initiative documents the impact of mass incarceration on individuals, communities and the national welfare. It produces accessible and innovative research to empower the public to participate in creating better criminal justice policy. Initiative is most famous for documenting the distortion in the democratic process caused by the Census Bureau counting people where they are confined, not where they come from.
Public Justice Center
John Nethercut, Executive Director
500 E. Lexington St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
Challenging the legal and social systems that cause injustice by giving a legal voice to people who have been shut our or ignored by society, whetherindividuals or entire classes of people; e.g., homeless schoolchildren, immigrant workers, evicted tenants and those needing medical attention.
A faith-based social justice center, which includes a number of projects. Among them is Equal Justice USA, a grassroots campaign for human rights in the legal system. Through education and mobilization, the projects seeks to expand public opposition to the death penalty, as well as to bring into clear focus the racial, economic and political biases active in U.S. courts, prisons, jails and policing agencies.
REAL JUSTICE conferences, also called family group conferences, restorative justice conferences and community accountability conferences, originated as a response to juvenile crime. It is a new victim-sensitive approach to addressing wrongdoing in various settings in a variety of ways: schools, police with first-time offenders, courts with probation officers, correctional and treatment facilities, colleges, universities and workplaces.
justice involves the victim, offender and community in a search for solutions
that promote repair, reconciliation and restoration through accountability,
restitution, mediation, advocacy and forgiveness. The institute is working
with legal, judicial, community and corrections groups to include this
process in the criminal justice system.
The Sentencing Project is a nonprofit organization tihat promotes decreased reliance on incarceration and increased use of more effective and humane alternatives. It is a nationally known source of criminal justice policy analysis, data and program information. Its reports, publications and staff are relied upon by the public, policymakers and the media. TSP, incorporated in 1986, has become a national leader in the development of alternative sentencing programs, the reform of criminal justice policy and highly respected research on incarceration, racial disparity and effective means of crime control. Its Web site is designed to provide resources and information for the news media and a public concerned with criminal justice and sentencing issues. The site also includes news and information about the National Association of Sentencing Advocates (NASA), which The Sentencing Project sponsors, and professional information of use to its members. See the book Invisible Punishment: The Collateral Consequences of Mass Imprisonment, by the assistant director, Marc Mauer, at www.sentencingproject.org/pdfs/mauer-focus.pdf
CUADP works to end the death penalty in the United States through aggressive campaigns of public education and the promotion of tactical activism. Education involves the use of the mass media to communicate to the U.S. public the message that the death penalty is bad public policy on economic, moral and social groups. To effect political change, alternatives to the death penalty must be made attractive to the majority of U.S. voters. Mass public education must be reinforced at the grassroots level by local organizations and respected individuals. Politicians must be provided the support to lead on this issue, even in the face of unpopular public sentiment.
Death Penalty Discource Center and Moratorium Campaign
Sr. Helen Prejean, the founder of the Moratorium Campaign and the Discourse Center, is the author of Dead Man Walking and the Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions. She is dedicated to deepening and broadening the discourse about the death penalty and to pressing for a moratorium on executions in every state.
The Death Penalty Information Center
The Death Penalty Information Center is a non-profit organization serving the media and the public with analysis and information on issues concerning capital punishment. The center was founded in 1990 and prepares in-depth reports, issues press releases, conducts briefings for journalists, and serves as a resource to those working on this issue. The center is widely quoted and consulted by all those concerned with the death penalty. The executive director is Richard C. Dieter, an attorney who has written and spoken extensively on this subject.
A coalition of organization and individuals committed to the abolition of capital punishment. Provides information, advocates for public policy and mobilizes and supports people and institutions that share the unconditional rejection of the state's use of homicide as an instrument of public policy.
mission of PFADP is to educate and mobilize faith communities to act
to abolish the death penalty in the United States. Annual membership
rates are: $25/individual; $40/household; $100/congregation or group,
or whatever contribution can be made.
Journey of Hope . . . from Violence to Healing
The Journey of Hope...from Violence to Healing is an organization led by murder victim family members, and joined by family members of death row inmates, death row survivors and other activists, who have conducted speaking tours internationally since 1993. Journey members share their stories of "from violence to healing" in schools, churches, conferences, rallies, media events and various other formats. The Journey is celebrating its fifth year of incorporation. Sam Reese Sheppard, SueZann Bosler, Marietta Jaeger-Lane, George White and Bill Pelke are the cofounders.
National Organization for Victim
The National Organization for Victim Assistance, founded in 1975, is a private, nonprofit organization of victim and witness assistance programs and practitioners, criminal justice agencies and professionals, mental health professionals, researchers, former victims and survivors, and others committed to the recognition and implementation of victim rights and services.
Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation
"After a murder, victims' families face two things: a death and a crime. At these times, families need help to cope with their grief and loss, and support to heal their hearts and rebuild their lives. From experience, we know that revenge is not the answer. The answer lies in supporting those who grieve for their lost loved ones, not creating more grieving families. It is time we break the cycle of violence. To those who say society must take a life for a life, we say: 'Not in our name.'" Marie Deans, Founder, MVFR.
Victim-Offender Mediation Association
Victim-offender mediation and reconciliation programs involve a face-to-face meeting, in the presence of a trained mediator, between the victim and perpetrator of a crime. The person responsible for the crime is held accountable for his/her actions and is given an opportunity to make things right. The victim is given an opportunity to have questions answered and restitution and emotional needs met. The community becomes involved in the process of restorative justice.
Mediation Programs (VOMP), also known as Victim-Offender Reconciliation
Programs (VORP), bring offenders-face-to-face with the victims of their
crimes with the assistance of a trained mediator, usually a community
volunteer. Crime is personalized as offenders learn the human consequences
of their actions, and victims have the opportunity to speak their minds
and their feelings to the one who most ought to hear them, contributing
to the healing process of the victim.