Thrive For Life Prison Project
 
 

Thrive for Life Prison Project envisions a world where spiritual and educational services empower incarcerated individuals to thrive for life. 

 
 
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The incarcerated population has reached a staggering level in the U.S., and the environment these men and women inhabit offers little in the way of rehabilitation. 

Through retreats, mentorship, education opportunities, and employment assistance, Thrive for Life provides accompaniment and consolation on the inside, and then the means to re-enter society and meaningfully contribute to the community once an individual is released.

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In The News

 

From Jesuits.org

Zach Presuttti, SJ facilities a prayer session for inmates.

Zach Presuttti, SJ facilities a prayer session for inmates.

Finding Light in Dark Places

Walter’s seven months in prison began and ended with a prayer. He had moved to New York from his home country a year after graduating college and had held a corporate job for 15 years. But by winter several years ago, Walter was 35 and had lost his job and even his apartment to addiction. Living homeless, on a January night, high and with nowhere left to go, he wandered into a church. “When you’re in addict mode,” Walter would later say, “your spiritual life is non-existent.” Yet he prayed that night, for the first time in so long. Several hours later, he had handcuffs around his wrists.

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From Jesuits.org

"…it takes a lot of one-on-one interaction to get [inmates] to understand that nobody is beyond God's forgiveness" — Fr. George Williams, SJ. Image: jesuitseast.org.

"…it takes a lot of one-on-one interaction to get [inmates] to understand that nobody is beyond God's forgiveness" — Fr. George Williams, SJ. Image: jesuitseast.org.

Releasing Hearts from Behind Bars

They committed crimes—and they are paying the price. More than two million Americans, mostly men, and disproportionately men of color, are serving time behind bars—many for decades. Regardless of their offenses, these are people whom God does not want to lose. But, unfortunately, as they sit idle in their cells, their minds tend to focus on their confinement, their transgressions, their hopelessness, and the awful sense that God and society couldn’t possibly forgive them or want them back.

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from americamagazine.org

 
Pope Francis blesses a prisoner as he visits the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia in September 2015. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis blesses a prisoner as he visits the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia in September 2015. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

 

The redemption of ex-prisoners is a duty of the Catholic Church

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Why We're Taking Action

Key Statistics

 
 

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Percentage of inmates with access to college classes in NYS 

New York State Bar Association Special Committee on Re-Entry, January 2016.

53


Percentage of parolees who are returning to NYC from state prison are re-arrested within 3 years 

Recidivism among Parolees in New York City – Center for Court Innovation, November 2011.

20


Percentage of people released from city jails each year into homelessness or unstable housing

Preventing Homelessness Among People Leaving Prison -- Vera Institute of Justice, December 2003

 
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