Prison | Apr. 8 2021

Prison Fellowship set to expand ministries

Prison Fellowship announced March 31 that the ministry is in the planning stages to start Alabama’s first Tier 2 Prison Fellowship Academy…

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Prison | Apr. 7 2021

Churches can raise awareness of post-incarceration issues, help people unlock a better future

Alabama has an incarceration crisis. In 2018, 946 out of every 100,000 residents were incarcerated, placing the state in the top five within…

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Prison | Apr. 6 2021

Rashional Thoughts: What if it were your brother, mother, child or even you needing a second chance?

Is it really possible for people with a past to have a productive, positive future? Are we willing to give others a second chance when they make…

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Prison | Jul. 2 2020

Alabama death row inmate hopes courts will allow chaplain by his side at execution

Charles L. Burton Jr. doesn’t want to be alone when he dies. The death row inmate hopes a federal court will make sure that does not happen.…

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Prison | Apr. 9 2019

US Department of Justice gives Alabama 49 days to fix “broken” and “inhumane” state prisons

By Martha Simmons Correspondent, The Alabama Baptist Alabama’s state prison system – considered the nation’s deadliest – is “broken”…

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Prison | Apr. 17 2018

Evangelist jailed in Etowah County on 7 charges involving 4 more victims

Evangelist and former youth pastor Acton Bowen was booked into the Etowah County Detention Center on April 17 on seven new felony charges involving…

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Prison | Dec. 22 2016

Mobile-area transition ministry focuses on rebuilding lives

By Grace Thornton Correspondent, The Alabama Baptist Rocque Waites grew up as a pastor’s kid in South Carolina. He went to college, got a business…

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Prison | Dec. 1 2016

Samford’s Ministry Training Institute offers certificates to inmates

By Grace Thornton Correspondent, The Alabama Baptist The chains may not have fallen off that night, but the scales sure did, Glen Sandifer said.…

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Prison | Sep. 15 2016

‘Come see’ opportunities available in prison ministry volunteer roles

When James Smoker met Bruce, Bruce was serving out the last part of a 25-year sentence in one of Alabama’s prisons. It was a cold, dark, unloving…

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