No child grows up wanting to be a prisoner. Yet, on any given day in America, 2.2 million individuals are behind bars. The most recent study indicates that children who have an incarcerated parent are about three times more likely to become justice involved than children who do not have an incarcerated parent. Intergenerational incarceration and a 67% recidivism rate (released prisoners returning to prison) have resulted in the burgeoning numbers in U.S. prisons.
Other studies have shown that the most critical factor in reducing recidivism is a genuine religious experience, with appropriate discipleship. It follows that the power of the Gospel is a significant factor in reducing the rate of second or third generation incarceration.
It is into this world that CEF has introduced the What Went Wrong? program. Inmates have the opportunity to enroll their children in the Truth Chasers Club, so they all receive age-appropriate Bible study lessons by mail. Committed volunteers check the lessons, pray for the students and write encouraging notes to be sent back to the students. This introduction to the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ has the potential to change future generations of these high-risk families.
Do you want to help the children of inmates? Visit our donate page and designate your gift for prisoner's children (What Went Wrong?)