|Northpoint Training Center First in State to Begin Faith-Based Program with Prison Fellowship Ministries|
|By Kentucky Department of Corrections - Northpoint Training Center|
Burgin, Ky. (September 3, 2015) – Recently Northpoint Training Center, a medium security prison in Danville, Kentucky, began a new faith-based program through Prison Fellowship Ministries, the first to be offered in prisons within the state of Kentucky. The program is a one-year, biblically based, faith based program geared toward helping offenders make a successful transition into the community upon release. All faiths are welcome to participate in the program.
The mission of the program is to provide a Christian based program rich environment where prisoners can develop moral and spiritual resources that build character and acquire life skills that lead to successful reentry into society. The curriculum covers topics to include Responsible Thinking, Personal Growth, Relapse Prevention, Victim Impact and Christian Basics.
Over a dozen inmates currently participating in the program are expected to attend three 90-minute classes per week, complete assignments outside of class, and maintain clear conduct.
Volunteers from Carpenter’s Christian Church in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, have been trained to facilitate the program at the prison. During class sessions inmates are led by facilitators through the curriculum but there is also time for open discussion for the inmates to personalize the material and build camaraderie with their fellow inmates. One of the program facilitators, Richard Wilder, says that he can see inmates progressing in the program through their increased willingness to participate and share personal experiences and their honesty and sincerity in the value of the program and what they hope to learn.
Warden Don Bottom is pleased with the work of the faith-based program and stresses the importance that a program like this can have on an institution and the inmate population. Warden Bottom stated, “I am excited to pilot in Kentucky and am looking forward to a long partnership with Prison Fellowship Ministries and appreciate the facilitators who have committed to a yearlong program.” Prison Fellowship Ministries has been serving correctional facilities since the late 1970’s.
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