Lino Lakes Prison Fellowship Academy Celebrates 15 Years

Lino Lakes Prison Fellowship Academy Celebrates 15 Years


IN ST. PAUL WILL BE WEARING BODY CAMERAS. A FAITH BASED PRISON PROGRAM IS CELEBRATING 15 YEARS OF HELPING INMATES DECREASE THE RISK OF REOFFENDING. PRISON FELLOWSHIP ACADEMY ATLANTA LAKES USES SUPPORT FROM COMMUNITY MENTORS TO HELP INMATES REALIZE THEY ARE NOT DEFINED BY THE CRIME THAT PUT THEM IN PRISON. WCCO’S REG CHAPMAN WAS ALLOWED INSIDE TO SEE HOW THE PRISON FELLOWSHIP IS NOT ONLY CHANGING LIVES BUT SAVING THE STATE OF MINNESOTA MONEY. YOU ARE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECES — Reporter: FOR 15 YEARS THE CORRECTION FACILITY HAS BEEN HOME TO A PROGRAM DESIGNED TO RESTORE INMATES WHO HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY CRIME AND INCARCERATION. YOUR PURPOSE OF LIFE IS VERY DIFFERENT THAN A PERSON WHO SEES THAT GOD HAS A PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE, THAT GOD HAS A PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE AND THAT GOD WANTS TO PROVIDE YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE OUT YOUR GOD GIVEN POTENTIAL. Reporter: 150 INMATES AT A TIME, PRISON FELLOWSHIP HELPS CHANGE THE WAY INMATES THINK. THE 18 MONTH PROGRAM IS BASED ON LIFE VALUES AND THE TEACHINGS OF JESUS CHRIST BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A CHRISTIAN TO PARTICIPATE. PRISON FELLOWSHIP CEO JAMES ACKERMAN SAYS THERE’S A 40% REDUCTION AND RECIDIVISM FOR INMATES IN THE PROGRAM SAVING THE STATE MONEY. LESS PEOPLE NEED TO BE INCARCERATED IF THEY ARE NOT COMING BACK INTO PRISON, RIGHT? CHANGE DOESN’T START FROM THE DAY YOU GET OUT. CHANGE STARTS FROM THE TIME YOU GET IN. GRADUATE OF THE FELLOWSHIP. FOR ME THERE WAS A GAME CHANGER AND WHAT THEY MODELED TO ME, THE PIECES THAT I LEARNED NOT ONLY FROM THE COGNITIVE PIECES BUT IT WAS A CHRIST CENTERED TEACHINGS THAT THEY BROUGHT. Reporter: LANG IS NOW THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF FREEDOM WORKS IN NORTH MINNEAPOLIS, A FAITH BASED NONPROFIT THAT PROVIDES A SAFE AND SOBER ENVIRONMENT FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO STAY OUT OF PRISON. HE IS JUST ONE OF MANY WHO PASSED THROUGH THIS LITTLE ROOM ON THEIR WAY TO BEING PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS. REG CHAPMAN, WCCO 4 NEWS. PRISON FELLOWSHIP DOES NOT USE TAX DOLLARS. IT OPERATES SOLELY ON INDIVIDUAL DONATIONS AND FOUNDATIONS. THE PROGRAM IS A MODEL FOR OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. THE GOAL IS TO HAVE A PROGRAM

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