Prison

Mission and Ministry
Ndume Olatushani describes his installation artwork featuring human figures in prison-style jumpsuits and hoodies at his home in Nashville, Tenn., in 2017. The work was part of a Stations of the Cross exhibition held in Washington, D.C. Olatushani was freed after serving 27 years in prison, 20 of them on death row. A series of webinars April 26-30 will offer advice to church members on how to support former prison inmates and help them find gainful employment. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

How churches can help former inmates adapt

A free series of evening webinars April 26-30 will offer advice to church members on how to support people returning from prison and help them find gainful employment.
Evangelism
United Methodist clergywomen pray with patients and staff at Primary Health Care Center, a government-run maternity clinic in Karim Lamido, Nigiera, during an outreach visit in July. Photo by Ramson Danjuma.

Women clergy extend hand to patients, prisoners

Amid COVID-19 pandemic, female pastors in Nigeria bring gifts, messages of hope to two clinics and a prison in Karim Lamido.
Social Concerns
Saun Hough (left), associate pastor at Crossroads United Methodist Church in Compton, Calif.,  hands reentry hygiene kits to Jerrel McCoy, lead community health worker at SHIELDS For Families. The church mobilized to create 3,500 kits for citizens released from prison by the state of California. Photo courtesy of Crossroads United Methodist Church.

Prisoners facing crisis during COVID-19

United Methodists are urged to advocate for early release of vulnerable people in prisons or detention centers to stop spread of pandemic.
Evangelism
Mariatu Kogbaka, a former inmate at Freetown Female Correctional Center, shares her story during a thanksgiving service at Brown Memorial United Methodist Church in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Feb. 9. Kogbaka was one of 27 women released on presidential parole in April. She said the Sierra Leone Conference's prison ministry played a significant role in securing her freedom. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UM News.

Sierra Leone prison ministry advocates for inmates

Church group supports female prisoners with counseling, training while they are incarcerated and after they’ve been released.

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