By Delinia Lewis, CRM
California Institution for Men
Warden Dean Borders recently hosted a star-studded event on the eve of Easter for inmates on Facility A at the California Institution for Men (CIM). The group of 45 Prison Fellowship volunteers ushered in the holiday with notable celebrities such as actor Scott Winters from HBO’s hit show “Oz”, and Christian recording artists Nehemiah and Tamika Moore. As the band began to play, nearly 200 inmates descended on the main yard on Facility A to engage in what became one of the most powerful and uplifting events of the year for CIM.
Along with CIM, prison yards across the country participated in similar one- and two-day evangelistic events on April 20. Speakers, musicians, and other performers, along with local volunteers, are able to convey life-changing messages.
Prison Fellowship believes that a restorative approach to prisoners, former prisoners, and all those affected by crime and incarceration can make communities safer and healthier. Their ministry is founded on the conviction that all people are created in God’s image and that no life is beyond God’s reach, making even the most broken people and situations whole again. Through an amazing awakening to new hope and life purpose, those who once broke the law are transformed and mobilized to serve their neighbors, replacing the cycle of crime with a cycle of renewal.