Prison and Jail Ministry

What can be learned about men behind bars from the perspective of those who minister to them?

Reverend Jerry Hancock, a former defense lawyer and assistant district attorney, is now Director of Prison Ministry at the First Congregational Church in Madison, Wis. John Mix is the Chaplain at the Dane County Jail and ministers to its 900 inmates.

“Struggling with addiction is the largest contributor to the population that’s in jail,” Mix said. “If there was greater emphasis on treatment instead of prisons … we would do much more effective work with these folks.”

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