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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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"…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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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.

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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 2001.

20


Percentage of prisoners released directly into homelessness

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

 

 
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