In Tarrant County alone there are 380 people for every 1 person released from incarceration annually.
BLOODLOVE WORLDWIDE was founded to help in the healing of individuals and families torn apart by crime – whether committed against an individual or by an individual.
It is designed to help individuals who are distraught while facing trial, imprisonment and ultimately the challenge that those returning face in coming home and reintegrating into the community and family.
This mission shows churches/ministries how they can do the healing work of reconciliation among those who have caused harm, those who have been hurt, and the larger community.
It will help build place of Hope, one that embraces the prisoner and nurtures and supports both his family and the victims of crime.
Therefore, this mission expresses BLOODLOVE WORLDWIDE’S commitment not only to transform those returning from prison but to transform ourselves.
This mission can help individuals/communities/corporations/churches become more engaged by recognizing the resources they currently have. These resources can be mobilized to help individuals respond when they or their family members are caught up in the criminal justice system.
For many years, individuals/communities/corporations/churches have assisted people in prison. More recently, individuals/communities/corporations/churches have begun to help people coming out of prison by welcoming them home and helping them reintegrate into their communities. This mission offers a slightly different approach. It suggests ways to help people in one’s own church/ministries who are accused of crimes, incarcerated, or coming home from prison; the families of such people; the victims of
Crime and their families; and the larger community — right from the start of the criminal justice process all the way through to a solid and safe return home from prison.
The mission offers:
- Background information on criminal justice policies that have created the “cradle-to-prison pipeline” for so many of our youth.
- A guide walking pastors through the steps to create an environment of hope.
- A guide for disciples who embrace the work.
- A guide for those receiving the blessing of this
- Resources, including references to films, websites, and books to illuminate this work; and within the guide, materials for members of the church/ministries.
It also offers practical suggestions for a church/ministries engagement at various points in the continuum from arrest to release from prison. Included among those suggestions are:
- Identifying who among your church/ministries is involved in the criminal justice system, directly or as a family member, whether under arrest, incarcerated, coming home from prison, reintegrating into the community after prison, or dealing with the consequences of a criminal record.
- Disciplining and volunteering to help the person incarcerated by visiting and writing to him.
- Providing support for the family of the person incarcerated – spiritually, emotionally, and materially.
- Helping the victim of the crime and/or his family.
- Addressing the challenge of reconciliation.
- Expanding healing to the community, including through policy advocacy.
- Identifying resources in the community that can help prisoners, their families, victims, and people coming home from prison.
- Helping the prisoner prepare for their release.
- Welcoming the prisoner home.
- Helping the individual reintegrate into the community and with his family.
By engaging in this work, individuals/communities/corporations/churches will help in reducing the stigma and shame of being personally involved in a criminal case or having a family member arrested and imprisoned. Also the reduction in the recidivism rate. A welcoming and loving environment will encourage people to acknowledge that they are affected by the criminal justice system.
In addition to the cycle that needs to be broken if we are going to see any type of positive change in our nation. Americans are trapped in the well of hopelessness and too often turn to criminal activity. Eventually they are arrested and taken to the County Jail where they will await trial. From there they either go to prison or back to the streets to break the law again. Prison is the fastest growing mission field in the world. It is also one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. Our nation has puts up to 1100 new faces in prison every week. 1 in 6 of our youth today will be in prison. Over 10 million young men have had a mother or father or both behind bars at some point in their lives. And they are seven times more likely to follow in their footsteps. 78% of women behind bars are mothers and 64% of men behind bars are fathers.
“There are approximately 2 million inmates in state, federal and private prisons throughout the US. According to California Prison Focus, no other society in human history has imprisoned so many of its own citizens. The figures show that the United States has locked up more people than any other country: 500,000 more than China, which has a population five times greater than the US. Statistics reveal that the United States holds 25% of the world’s prison population, but only 5% of the world’s people. From less than 300,000 inmates in 1972, the jail population grew to 2 million by the year 2000. In 1990 it was 1 million. 10 years ago there were only five private prisons in the country, with a population of 2000 inmates; now, there are over 100 private prisons, with 62,000 inmates. It is expected that by the coming decade, the number will hit 360,000, according to reports.” Written by Global Research, Vicky Palaez.
Without an intervention in this cycle we will continue to build more prisons, pay more attorneys and judges to our state and lose more money to crime. How can this problem be fixed ? The answer is giving them opportunity for hope and a new life. Introducing those who are incarcerated and their families to the Love of Jesus Christ.