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.

We believe that by disrupting the cycle of recidivism through personal relationships and services—in tandem with legal efforts to reform criminal justice policies—the incarcerated population will dwindle, the stigma associated with serving time will give way to compassion and understanding, and the inequities and oppression of our current system will fade into our national past.

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Limiting human contact for prisoners is counterproductive and un-Christian

The net effect of these policies is a reduction in human contact and interaction for those who are incarcerated. They stem from a mindset that is contrary to respect for human life and dignity—a mindset that prisons are warehouses and the corrections system is a business. But our society cannot afford to treat the least among us as less than or as the “other.” We at the Thrive For Life Prison Project, a prison ministry rooted in Ignatian spirituality and Catholic social teaching, believe that any policy that increases the distance between the imprisoned and those who love and support them is contradictory to the concept of rehabilitation, un-Christian and ultimately inhumane.

America Magazine, Feb 7, 2018

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America Magazine visited Thrive For Life to shoot the first part of an upcoming video on spiritual exercises behind prison walls.

America Magazine visited Thrive For Life to shoot the first part of an upcoming video on spiritual exercises behind prison walls.

America Magazine Video Shoot - Preview

On Thursday, January 25, America Magazine visited the Thrive For Life offices to interview Zach for an upcoming article and video. America Media has been a great organization and partner, and we look forward to seeing the full video and article!


For a preview, check out the video above.

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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.

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

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

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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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