With the news consistently and constantly bombarding us with the negative I thought it was wonderful to see a bit of positive change. We always think it couldn’t happen to us but for those who have fallen on hard times and committed crimes that resulted in incarceration this may ring all to true. Recidivism is the likelihood a prisoner will reoffend and those rates have been on the rise for years. There are many programs and many different ideas but I was amazed to see the Academy. They have proven themselves with convicts time and time again who participate in their program. These convicts go through the Academies regime and actually in most cases do no reoffend. It is wonderful to see some positive change. This is a series that tells the story of one convict; Jonathan. I think you will enjoy this series as much as me and my husband did. More information is included on the series below as well as the link to watch and to the website!

For years, Jonathan has been in prison. As a result, he has missed milestone
moments with his family. He wasn’t there for his daughter’s first day of school or a
thousand little experiences with his wife and as a father, he is devastated to be seperated from those he loves most.

Jonathan has been looking forward to his release from prison for over a decade. So
many life events have been missed and he is now ready to be with his wife and kids
again. Of course, this transition isn’t going to be easy. The odds are against him: with
over half of prisoners returning to prison within two years, Jonathan is aware of the
challenge set before him.

Still, he is determined to take the skills he has learned into the world outside of
incarceration and stay there, helping build the community that he is part of for years
to come.

Prison Fellowship presents The Restoration Series: Jonathan’s Walk, a 5-part
documentary film series following one man as he re-enters his community after 15
years in prison. It demonstrates in imagery, powerful storytelling and social
interaction what it means to be human and the shared need of all people to see
communities restored.

 Though America is home to only 4% of the worlds population, we house more
than 20% of its prisoners. Recidivism–the tendency of a criminal to reoffend—is
out of control. The Restoration Series tells the story of men and women who have
experienced The Academy, a revolutionary in-prison program that is combatting
incarceration and recidivism head on.


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