Alpha in Prisons

Alpha in Prisons

Contact: John Saddington – State Director (Alpha), (02) 4358 1913 nswoffice@alpha.org.au

Alpha for Prisons was launched in 1995 in response to demand from inmates. Since then enthusiasm for Alpha for Prisons has grown.  More…

It is now registered in 80% of the prisons in the UK as well as running in the prisons of over 74 countries on all the continents around the world. The course is run successfully in all types of prisons and correctional institutions for both men and women and is also used in young offenders and juvenile institutions.

The Alpha course is normally run over a period of ten weeks, although it can be presented over a shorter period of time depending on a prison’s regime. At each session there is a chance for fellowship over snacks and drinks followed by the talk. After the talk, participants divide into pre-arranged groups – each group has two leaders and two helpers who may have completed a previous course, or be prison staff or volunteers.

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Caring for Ex-Offenders

Reintegration through the local church Nationwide prison statistics show that around 60% of offendersre-offend within two years. Prison chaplains tell us that withoutsupport, many Christian prisoners re-offend at the same rate.Through collaboration with local churches, prison chaplains andother faith based community organisations Alpha Australia isimplementing the UK Caring for Ex-Offenders (CFEO) program acrossAustralia. CFEO has been successful in the UK, USA and Canada inreducing recidivism. By helping offenders stay out of prison and lead constructive lives we are making our communities safer places and bringing in the kingdom of God.The program is provided by a team of volunteers from CFEO trained churches in cooperation with prison chaplains.Training days to equip churches for this vital ministry are offered annually in each state. Many Christians have found their faith revitalised and experienced the joy of seeing others grow as disciplesof Jesus Christ through this ministry.

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