Watch the evening news and it seems like crime is everywhere. Chances are either you or someone you know has been a victim of crime. You may even know someone who is or has been incarcerated. In 2014, almost 3% of the adult population in the US was in jail or prison, or on probation or parole. In 2018, about one in four American adults lived with a criminal record. While the US represents only about 4.4 percent of the world’s population, it houses around 22 percent of the world’s prisoners. In 2015, nearly one third of working age adults had a criminal record.
According to the US Department of Justice, over 95% of all state prison inmates complete their sentences and are released to go home — and become your neighbors. State budgets for prisons have been decreasing of late, and prisons have fewer rehabilitation programs than they used to. Recidivism is a constant problem: anywhere from 25 to 75% of released prisoners are rearrested for parole violations and/or new offenses within five years of release.
Is there any hope? We say YES!
Just Another Ministry (aka JAM) is committed to the belief that reform is indeed possible, and that reform begins within the individual him/herself. JAM goes inside the prison with Bible studies and life skills courses to help inmates change their lives and learn to live a better life when they are released. JAM provides resources for inmates and their families while incarcerated, resources for planning as the inmates come closer to release, and resources for newly-released inmates.
JAM believes that this is true crime prevention, true prison reform.
Who Are We?
Our team is headed by Mike, our Executive Director, an ordained minister and former part-time pastor of a Lao (refugee) Baptist church. Mike is also a retired software developer who has committed to full time prison ministry. Mike is a trained and approved TDCJ Volunteer, and a Certified Volunteer Chaplain Assistant (CVCA), currently active full time at the Hutchins Unit in Dallas. Mike is associated with Homprakhoon Baptist Church in Dallas and the Narrow Trail Cowboy Church in Plano.
Jim and Susan are retired accountants in Wyoming. They serve as members of the board, managers and advisors to JAM. Jim is active in nursing home ministry, and Susan is the treasurer of the Meals on Wheels Foundation in Casper. They are also trained and approved TDCJ Volunteers. They are associated with Grace Lutheran Church in Casper.
Our Budget Goals
Your financial support of JAM will make a BIG difference in the lives of inmates and their families, and in the communities to which they return. Our monthly budget is $2000 for Mike's salary, plus materials and expenses for the ministry. Please help us make our — and your — community and neighborhoods safer!
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