True Freedom Ministries has partnered with the Alpha Course, an International Ministry dedicated to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. The Alpha Course is an introduction to Christianity’s basic theological tenets, presented by Nicky Gumble, a pastor and world-renown speaker and presenter.
The Juvenile Criminal Justice System mirrors that of the adult system: there is a detention facility where minors are held waiting to go to court for their alleged offenses (the equivalent to the county jail) and the Juvenile Prison where offenders who are found guilty are sent to serve their time.
Two Ohio University alumni and close friends—Marc Houk and Mike Swiger—talked about their careers in the criminal justice system to students in Dr. Nicole Kaufman’s Criminology and Criminal Justice classes in April.
Over the past 27 years, Houk has worked in the area of criminal justice, specifically in the corrections sector, holding a wide range of positions across the state of Ohio including sergeant, lieutenant, administrative assistant, and warden. He is currently a member of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Parole Board.
Since launching back in 2012, True Freedom has had an active presence at the Juvenile Justice Center in downtown Cleveland. Initially a half dozen volunteers visited weekly.