Get involved with MCC's prison ministry

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free."

- Luke 4:18

In Jesus' first sermon, he calls for the captives to be released and for the oppressed to be free.  The U.S. has 5% of the world’s population and 25% of the world’s prison population.  MCC answers Jesus’ call be journeying alongside communities who have been targeted by the mass incarceration system towards healing and restoration.  MCC walks with churches as they work for justice alongside impacted communities.

MCC works with partner organizations to reach out to inmates through discipling and training, and through housing and employment opportunities.

Pipeline to Prison Learning Tour  
Join MCC for a Pipeline to Prison Learning Tour to learn about mass incarceration in the U.S. The tour will include visits to prisons and agencies working with incarcerated people and returning citizens in your local area.

“You got Booked!”
“You got Booked!” is an interactive learning tool developed by MCC. It provides youth and adult participants with an insight into the many flaws in the U.S. criminal justice system that lead to mass incarceration. MCC staff are available to meet with groups and guide discussion.

Engage with MCC U.S. Washington Office
We are in touch with MCC staff around the world so that we can better advocate for U.S. government policies that make for a more peaceful and just world.

Healing Communities Training
This program trains congregations on how to welcome and support formerly incarcerated individuals and their families.


 

 

East Coast

MCC East Coast works with several partner organizations on education and advocacy efforts related to the racial disparities in the U.S. criminal justice system.

Kingdom Builders Construction, part of the Kingdom Builders Anabaptist Network of Greater Philadelphia, organizes repair and rehab of church buildings as well as homes for elderly and low-income church members. The organization also trains and provides employment opportunities for underemployed people in Philadelphia, especially ex-offenders.

Crossroads Community Center’s mission is to evangelize, disciple and demonstrate the gospel in word and deed to the people of the Fairhill community in northern Philadelphia and beyond. Here, MCC specifically works in holistic re-entry care and support addressing employment, housing, education and discipleship needs for returning citizens or those leaving incarceration. Working in Philadelphia Detention Centers, an MCC supported chaplain holds Bible studies, organizes worship services and counsels inmates and staff.

Prisoner care kits  
MCC’s prisoner care kits help meet the basic needs of inmates. Make a difference in your local area by collecting and packing prisoner care kit items that will restore hope, dignity and mental health to these individuals.

Great Lakes

MCC Great Lakes partners with The Center for Community Justice in Elkhart, Indiana.  CCJ’s Transitional Coaching Program equips transitional coaches who support, assist, and encourage individuals in the process of successfully reintegrating back into the community following incarceration while addressing the harms incurred through previous choices.

MCC Great Lakes partners with Lexington Rescue Mission in Lexington, Kentucky.  LRM’s Breaking Chains program works to reduce the recidivism rate to 20% for program participants, less than half of the Kentucky state average by classes offered in offering job skills and personal development classes in five local jails and prisons.

West Coast

Reedley Peace Initiative
West Coast MCC's restorative justice initiative for peaceful communities.  Reedley Peace Building Initiative (RPBI) makes every attempt to restore relationships between victims and juvenile offenders, prevent offenders from committing further crimes, and promote community involvement through a Restorative Justice method.  To learn more, click here.