Prisonist.org Newsletter
March 2017 Special Blizzard Edition 
Progressive Prison Ministries


Progressive Prison Ministries, Inc. 
Jeff Grant, JD, M Div, Director, Lynn Springer, Founding Advocate
 
White-Collar Ministry I Advocacy I Service
Faith & Dignity for the Days Ahead  
  
The first ministry in the United States created to provide confidential  
support and counseling to individuals, families and organizations with  
white-collar and other nonviolent incarceration issues    

 

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Special Blizzard Tickets On Sale Now For an Important Cause: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Comes to Connecticut!

Thurs. April 13th, 6:30 pm, FTC Warehouse, Fairfield CT

School's Out as Family ReEntry presents its Rock & Roll Benefit Concert starring BLUE COUPE featuring members of BLUE OYSTER CULT & ALICE COOPER BAND. Please join us!
 
Opening will be SCHOOL OF ROCK, Fairfield CT.

Don't Fear the Reaper and Please Click Image to Order Tickets.         
Proceeds will support Family ReEntry's mission to advocate for and
provide programs to restore dignity and renew families affected by the criminal justice system.
  
  
Guest Blog:
Inside the Heart of a 
White-Collar Criminal, by
Will U. Lystn 
 
The author writes about the gratitude he feels on his third anniversary home from prison. 
He is a member of our confidential Tuesday evening online White-Collar/Nonviolent Support Group. Click image for article.  
  
  
Guest Blog:The PTSD I Couldn't See, By Amy Oestreicher  
 
 
We met Amy online and were inspired by her story of courage and resilience. We think our 
community can learn a lot from her about
overcoming huge obstacles in life. Please click image to read Amy's story.  
   
  
Radio Interview: WICC 600 AM, Bridgeport, CT, Interview with Host J.J. Kennedy

We discussed the state of criminal justice in Connecticut and the nation with host J.J. Kennedy. Click image for archived program.
  
Radio Interview: Babz Rawls Ivy had Us Back on Her Show, WNHH 103.5 FM, New Haven, CT

We were delighted to be invited back to our good friend Babz's show, Love Talk, to discuss criminal justice in Connecticut, white-collar crime, and changing the world. Please click image to listen to program archived on SoundCloud.
      The Magnificent Babz Rawls Ivy 
 Soltes
News: Jeff Appointed as Co-Chair of Bridgeport Mayor's Initiative on Reentry Affairs Advisory Council

We are honored to announce Jeff's appointment. This Council convenes Greater Bridgeport area criminal justice leaders, and collaborates with Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim and the City of Bridgeport Mayor's Initiative for Reentry Affairs (MIRA), under the leadership of Program Director Louis L. Reed, on issues and solutions.
      
  
Family ReEntry's Testimony on Criminal Justice Before 
the Connecticut State
Legislature Appropriations  
Committee 

Public hearing held on Weds., Feb. 22, 2017 
 
"..As the state continues to garner cost savings from criminal justice reform measures, it would behoove the state legislature to maintain the state's investment in reentry services as part of justice reinvestment. Everyone will be the beneficiary from front-line investments that will help restore healthy families, increase public safety, rebuild our communities and continue to reduce our prison population..."  Click image for complete testimony.  
      
 Soltes
Critiquing Eugene Soltes's Book:
"Why They Do It: Inside the Mind
of the White-Collar Criminal"
by Jeff Grant, JD, M Div
 
As the Director of the first ministry in the U.S. created to support individuals and families with white-collar and nonviolent incarceration issues, and as someone who served time in a Federal prison for a white-collar crime I committed when I was a lawyer, I can state unequivocally that Professor Soltes's methodology and his conclusions are "pure rubbish."

Why They Do It, and the press releases and media attention surrounding it, are shamelessly exploitive and are designed solely to sell books; they inflame bigotry and hatred and paint people with a broad brush designed to promote stigma, shunning and Schadenfreude (unfortunately, themes for our time it seems). Click image to read article.
      
GivingTuesday  
Donations: A Message to Our Great Community of Givers!    
Thank You for Your Support.
 
We know that you contribute to many important causes, and are grateful for your support of our Ministries! Donations can be made by credit card/PayPal by clicking the image above, or by sending your check payable to: "Progressive Prison Ministries, Inc." P.O. Box 1232, Weston, Connecticut 06883. Donations Are Only Source Of Revenue. We are a CT Religious Corp. with 501(c)(3) status. Your donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
     
 
Event: We Will Be Leading a Workshop at the CMCA Reentry Conference, May 5, 2017. 1:30 - 3 pm. 

Please join us in Philadelphia as Jeffrey Abramowitz and I will be leading "You Got to Have Faith: An Inside Look at Reentry" at the 5th Annual Correctional Ministries and Chaplains Assn. Summit, held May 5-6, 2017. Click image for information and to register.
         
 
Event: We Will be Leading a Workshop at Simsbury Methodist Church, Sun., May 21, 2017

We are grateful to all at Simsbury Methodist Church for the opportunity to share a Ministry Moment at their 9 & 10:30 am services, and then lead a workshop at a noon luncheon. Please join us. 799 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury, CT. Click image for details.
         
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Contact Information:  

If transformation and redemption matter to you, a friend or a family member with a white-collar or nonviolent incarceration issue, please contact us and we will promptly send you an information package by mail, email or via Dropbox. The darkest days of a person's life can be a time of renewal and hope.

Blessings, כן, מאוד

Jeff & Lynn 
  
Prisonist.org: Progressive Prison Project/Innocent Spouse & Children Project are missions of Progressive Prison Ministries, Inc.  
  
Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 1232 
Weston, Connecticut 06883 
(o) 203-769-1096

Rev. Jeff Grant, JD, M Div, Director 
Lynn Springer, Founding Advocate
Innocent Spouses, Children & Families


Rev. Joseph Ciccone, Ed D, M Div
Supervising Minister
stjosephmissionchurch@gmail.com
(201) 982-2206

Jacqueline Polverari, MBA, MSW, Advocate
Women's Incarceration Issues
jpolverari@prisonist.org
(203) 671-5139
(m) 203-536-5508

Babz Rawls Ivy, Media Contact 
(m) 203-645-9278

Faith & Dignity for the Days Ahead