Prison Fellowship

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This article is about the United States organization. For the International umbrella organization, see Prison Fellowship International.
Prison Fellowship
Founded 1976
Founder Chuck Colson
Focus Prison outreach
Key people
Chuck Colson, James J. Ackerman
Slogan Remember those in prison

Prison Fellowship was founded in 1976 by Charles Colson, a former aide to President Nixon who served a seven-month sentence for a Watergate-related crime. Today, the Christian nonprofit is the nation's largest outreach to prisoners, former prisoners, and their families, and a leading advocate for criminal justice reform. Prison Fellowship brings restoration to those affected by crime and incarceration in all 50 states by facilitating prisoners' transformation, supporting prisoners' families and returning citizens, and advocating for a criminal justice system that reflects the God-given dignity and potential of each life. Through an awakening to new hope and life purpose, those who once broke the law are transformed and mobilized to serve their community, replacing the cycle of crime with a cycle of renewal.[1][2]


Charles Colson founded Prison Fellowship in 1976 after spending 7 months in prison for obstruction of justice and becoming a born again Christian. Prison Fellowship works in more than 1,400 correctional facilities throughout the United States.

Angel Tree[edit]

Angel Tree is a program of Prison Fellowship that serves incarcerated parents by mobilizing the church to share the love of Christ with their children and families.[3] Every Christmas, Angel Tree mobilizes the church to minister to the 2.7 million children of prisoners by delivering a gift and the Gospel message on behalf of their incarcerated parents. In addition, partner churches meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs prisoners’ families through year-round ministry such as camping and mentoring. Through these partnerships, Angel Tree provides a pathway for strengthening and restoring prisoners’ relationships with their children and families.


  1. ^ "Prison Fellowship: Redeeming Prisoners Through Christ". Prison Fellowship. Retrieved 2015-12-17. 
  2. ^ ACA Corrections Marketplace
  3. ^ "Angel Tree Christmas - Prison Fellowship". Prison Fellowship. Retrieved 2015-12-17. 

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