Prisonist.org Newsletter
February 2017 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    

 

 
 
   
 Soltes
News: Jeff Appointed as Co-Chair of Bridgeport Mayor's Advisory Council on Reentry Affairs

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) on issues and solutions.
      
 Soltes
Interview: WGCH 1490 AM, Greenwich, CT. Original Airdate: Tues. Jan. 31, 2017.   

Rev. Jim Lemler, Rector and Senior Pastor of Christ Church Greenwich, interviewed Jeff for his radio show, "On Faith." It is presented on The Greenwich Sentinel Radio Hour. Please click image to listen to archived show.

 Soltes
A Reflection on the State of Criminal Justice in Connecticut,by
Jeff Grant, JD, M Div
 
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Reprinted from Inner City News, New Haven, CT: we are in a paradigm shift of epic proportions in which there is no public money to fund solutions to our current problems - and no adequate explanation as to how we got into this situation.  And yet, we keep going back to the state looking for handouts - for funding the way it has always been. And we are surprised and hurt when the answer is no.  I urge everyone, and especially my fellow criminal justice colleagues, to wake up. Click image for article. 
      
 Soltes
Event: School's Out for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert event of the millennium!
 
Family ReEntry proudly presents a Benefit Concert starring the rock band BLUE COUPE
, featuring members of BLUE OYSTER CULT and the ALICE COOPER BAND. April 13, 2017. Doors open at 6:30 pm. The Warehouse at Fairfield Theater Company, Fairfield CT. Don't Fear the Reaper and click this image for information and to purchase tickets. Net proceeds go towards our mission to restore dignity and renew families affected by justice issues. Family ReEntry - Bridgeport, Norwalk, New Haven CT.
 
      
 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 in 2016 and All You Do for Those Who Need it Most!

We know that you contribute to many important causes, and are grateful for your support of our Ministries this holiday season! 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.
     
 significant
Significant Outcomes: We have Served Over 150 Individuals and Families in 25 States:  
   
Since Jan. 2015, we have served individuals and families in twenty-five states, including:     
Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.

We typically communicate with individuals and families before, during and upon reentry from prison in person or by phone, email, Skype, FaceTime, GoToMeeting or, if in a Federal prison, via CorrLinks. Please click image for our information package. 
     
 WCSG
News: Our White-Collar/Nonviolent 
Online Support Group Celebrates its Thirty-Eighth Weekly Meeting!     
 
If you have been convicted of a white-collar or nonviolent crime and have served your sentence, please consider joining our confidential online white-collar/ nonviolent support group [As this support group is being run by clergy as part of a program of pastoral counseling, we consider it to be confidential and privileged]. We hold our weekly group meetings on GoToMeeting on Tuesdays, 8 pm Eastern, 7 pm Central, 6pm Mountain, 5 pm Pacific. Click image for details.
         
 ReentryCentral
Interview on Reentry Central: Jeff Grant's Story  is an Inspiration to Other Formerly Incarcerated Individuals , By Beatrice Codianni, Managing Editor

Dec. 6, 2016: Grant went from having an eight digit prison number to being number one at Family ReEntry, a top reentry organization in Connecticut. Click image to read this interview.  
   
CMCA  
Save the Date: We Will Be Leading a Workshop at the CMCA Reentry Conference, May 5-6, 2017

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, May 5-6, 2017. Click image for information and to register.
         
WBAI 
Article: Our Ministry Featured in Business Insider 
   
Rachael Levy wrote a powerful article about our ministry, "This is What it's Lke When the 1% go to Jail, According to a Couple that Ministers to Their Families." Click image to read article. 
 
ContactInfo

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