Juvenile Prison Ministry
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. When these young men and women enter either of these facilities they are in a time of crises, and True Freedom is there to reach them with the Gospel.
In 2003, 9,875 juveniles were in jail or prison, according to Prison and Jail Inmates at Midyear 2003 (Bureau of Justice Statistics, May 2004). Of these juveniles, 6,869 were in jail (5,484 held as adults) and 3,006 were in state prisons. Juvenile males (2,880) far outnumbered females (126) in state prisons. The number of incarcerated juveniles has dropped since 1995. In that year, 7,800 juveniles were in jail, of whom 5,900 were being held as adults. In 1995, 5,309 juveniles were held in state prisons.
The Juvenile Prison Ministry visits the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center in inner-city Cleveland, going into the housing units and meeting in small groups. These frightened and often abused youngsters need a hug; they need hope, and they need the loving message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (pictured from left to right Don Keller, George Elam, Pastor Mark Stradiot, Don Tallidino).
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