For Immediate Release
April 18, 2003
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Governor Jeb Bush and Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship Ministries spoke to inmates at Broward Correctional Institution during the prison' s Easter service. Seretary James V. Crosby, Jr. said it was an opportunity for inmates participating in faith based programs to hear a message of faith and hope.
"We provide Florida's inmates numerous programs to help them succeed when they get out of prison. For those inmates who are motivated to improve their lives, Prison Fellowship Ministries can make a tremendous difference," said Crosby. Hopefully this event will motivate them to take full advantage of the faith based transition programs that are available.
Prison Fellowship Ministries is leading a national prison evangelism and discipleship collaboration called Operation Starting Line (OSL). This will be the starting point for OSL in Florida. Prison Fellowship uses a variety of in-prison programs. Through one-to-three-day seminars and weekly Bible studies, inmates are taught to set realistic goals that prepare them for release. These programs teach important concepts such as surviving the prison environment, beginning a relationship with God in prison, overcoming obstacles, building better families, sharing the Gospel behind bars, and preparing for life on the outside. Special service events enlist a variety of celebrities to present information sharing opportunities that draw the inmate population.
Prison Fellowship is active in most Florida prisons providing regular Bible studies, seminars and special events. Prison Fellowship contributes curriculum material to Florida's Faith Based Dormitory programs. Florida chaplaincy draws on Prison Fellowship resources for scheduled services, events and studies. All Florida prisons also participate in the Prison Fellowship AngelTree program that provides gifts for the minor children of inmates at Christmas each year.
Broward Correctional Institution houses over 675 female inmates.