Ministry to the Margins
Ministry to the Margins is St. George’s response to Jesus words “when did we see you in prison and visit you?”
As members in this ministry to those in prison or returning to society after incarceration, we seek to be present to the needs of this population, in a very physical and spiritual way.
The members of this ministry seek to follow in Jesus’ footsteps by journeying with these who have made poor choices by redirecting them through prayer and assistance.
We are looking for those who wish to collaborate in this effort, especially those who may be a resource for those we serve. Please contact us via email using the link below or stop by the main office and leave your name and phone number.
HOW PREVALENT IS THIS ISSUE?
Statistics from the Bureau of Justice report:
Among state prisoners released in 30 states in 2005—
About two-thirds (67.8%) of released prisoners were arrested for a new crime within 3 years, and three-quarters (76.6%) were arrested within 5 years.
Within 5 years of release, 82.1% of property offenders were arrested for a new crime, compared to 76.9% of drug offenders, 73.6% of public order offenders, and 71.3% of violent offenders.
More than a third (36.8%) of all prisoners who were arrested within 5 years of release were arrested within the first 6 months after release, with more than half (56.7%) arrested by the end of the first year.