Prison Fellowship holding first Ohio graduation ceremony

(Cleveland) - Prison Fellowship, the nation’s largest Christian nonprofit serving inmates, former prisoners, and their families, is hosting a graduation at its Prison Fellowship Academy today at the Lorain Correctional Institution in Grafton, Ohio.

Richard Swiger is Ohio Director of Field Operations for Prison Fellowship and says this is their first graduation in this state and are looking to expand the program.

Currently there are 52,000 inmates in Ohio, with many due to be released at some point. Swiger explains that steps need to be taken to make them successful in the outside world, and to lessen the chance that they might re-offend.

Swiger tells Newsradio WTAM 1100, the 8 graduates volunteered for the program, and have completed a rigorous 12 month course in life skills, personal growth, responsible thinking, relapse prevention, and creating a change plan. He says the goal is to give inmates the skills to build productive lives.

Prison Fellowship is the nation's largest outreach to inmates, former prisoners, their families, and is a voice for criminal justice reform.

Swiger maintains, that with more than 40 years of experience helping restore men and women behind bars, Prison Fellowship advocates for federal and state criminal justice reforms that transform those responsible for crime, validate victims, and encourage communities to play a role in creating a safe, redemptive, and just society.

(Photos courtesy of Prison Fellowship)

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