There are already more than two million men and women incarcerated in America’s jails and prisons. When all of the people incarcerated are combined with all of those on probation or parole, the U.S. correctional population exceeds seven million people. That means one in every 32 U.S. adult residents is currently under correctional supervision!
The rising tide of inmates who are released from prison only to repeat their crimes is evidence enough that many of the current approaches to rehabilitate criminal behavior aren’t working. In California alone, the current recidivism (returning to prison after being released) rate is an astounding 70%. Failing to change a convict’s mindset isn’t just a social problem, it’s a financial one, too. Depending on the security level, just ONE prison bed costs taxpayers between $25,000 to $100,000 a year!
But the real tragedy is the human toll. Every time a released prisoner commits another crime, innocent people are profoundly affected. The friends, relatives and children of a convict are frequently secondary victims. And for the ex-offenders themselves, freedom is often fleeting. Many live in a downward spiral of defeat and desperation that may lead to lifelong detention.
Our mission is to offer America’s inmates a second chance to make good choices by providing positive, life-affirming television programming 24 hours a day.
As the world leader of faith and values based famiy programming, TBN has the variety of networks, the coverage area and the technical ability necessary to reach the men and women in U.S. correctional facilities. Working in conjunction with the wardens and chaplains of prisons, correctional facilities and re-entry centers, TBN 2nd Chance will provide free faith-based television programming to those facilities that request it and qualify for the program
Here’s what those on the front lines—prison chaplains—have to say:
“The women inmates who watch TBN frequently comment favorably on the programs and the impact it has on their lives… (TBN) is a tool in taking them to the next level—emotionally, intellectually and spiritually, and ultimately preparing them for a successful re-entry into society.”
Chaplain Lois Woodard, California Institution for Women, Corona, CA
“TBN provides a great support adjunct for the prison chaplain, helping in discipleship and teaching of the Gospel. In addition, many inmates who elect not to attend chapel services as a result of their unwillingness to incur the stigma and negative peer pressure of openly declaring their faith, watch TBN, who otherwise would not receive spiritual encouragement any other way.”
Chaplain Charles Foster, Fremont Correctional Facility, Canon City, CO
“For the inmates in lockdown and segregated quarters who cannot attend the chapel’s open religious services, TBN serves as a lifeline and IS their church for many who watch the broadcast. You do an awesome job, TBN!”
Chaplain Yolanda Walker, Tennessee Prison for Women, Nashville, TN