Prison Fellowship International

Prison Fellowship International

Prison Fellowship International (PFI) is the world’s largest network of Christian ministries working in the criminal justice field. PFI has built programs in prisons around the world that are restoring prisoners’ lives, helping their families and successfully integrating them back into the community for good.

This important work is accomplished in more than 100 countries through multi-denominational, indigenous and autonomous National Ministries (chartered affiliates). This grassroots presence enables ministry to prisoners and their families in culturally relevant ways, in partnership with 46,000 local volunteers. PFI supports National Ministries through program partnerships, strategic funding and leadership training, among a variety of other services focused on building capacity to deepen impact.

Within the realm of restorative justice, we seek the adoption of best practices that increase programs’ restorative nature, with focus on offenders, their families, and their communities.

PFI was founded by Chuck Colson, former aide to U.S. President Richard Nixon, who came to Christian faith in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal. While serving a prison sentence for a Watergate-related offense, Colson became convinced that the only way to lasting life transformation is through Jesus. Upon his release from prison, he vowed to his fellow inmates that he would return to help them. He spent the next nearly four decades making good on that promise. Colson founded Prison Fellowship in the United States in 1976, and then expanded the ministry overseas in 1979, establishing Prison Fellowship International.

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We've Been Restoring Justice for More Than 40 Years

Your donation helps Prison Fellowship International repair the harm caused by crime by emphasizing accountability, forgiveness, and making amends for prisoners and those affected by their actions. When victims, offenders, and community members meet to decide how to do that, the results are transformational.

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