PASTORS TO PRISONERS
Rating: 5 stars 1 1 review 59
Human Services, Crime & Law, Religion
PO Box 4381 Chula Vista CA 91909 USA
It is not adequate simply to incarcerate lawbreakers. The average CA prison population is about 4700 inmates in 4-5 secure yards. The CCPOA's May 1995 Public Safety position paper states, We need to rehabilitate criminals. In this regard, prison ministry programs are probably the only worthwhile rehab programs because they go to the heart and motivation of a person. The rest is expensive window dressing... It is impossible for one state-paid Protestant chaplain to be in all yards at once and to provide the time and training for effective, lasting change in the lives of broken people. Pastors to Prisoners seeks funding to place an ordained minister on each yard, under the direction of the institutional chaplain, to facilitate the work of volunteer groups from the community, conduct follow up, Bible studies and worship services, pre-release seminars and be an ongoing role model. Yard Pastors serve the needs of all inmates, emphasizing shared beliefs and de-emphasizing disputable issues.
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I am a Chaplain for the California State prison system. I retired as the chaplain at the R J Donovan State prison in San Diego, CA. When I retired, this prison had 4800 inmates housed in 5 separate facilities. The State of California provides only one Protestant chaplain to serve all men on all facilities. Pastors to Prisoners provided me with an ordained volunteer yard pastor to spend full time on each facility. This meant that each facility could have religious program 5 to 7 days a week instead of the 1/2 to one day I could provide by myself. Pastors to Prisoners exists to provide monetary support for these home missionaries and allow tax deductable donations to support their mission. Pastors to Prisoners is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. (ECFA) PTP is deserving of suppport by all Christians who want to see an inter denominational ministry to prisoners. Their current annual income is about $100,000 a year. This provides minimal support for 8 Yard pastors. 6 at Donovan, (one for Spanish Ministry) and 2 at Centinella State prison in El Centro, CA. Chaplain Buzz Brewer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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