Educate yourself and others. Check out these resources, and consider hosting a book club or film viewing, followed by discussion.

Prison Ministry Resources | Criminal Justice Reform | Restorative Justice | Mass Incarceration | Death Penalty | Forgiveness | Victim Services | Resources for Children | Bible Studies

Prison Ministry
  • Books:
    • Melanie G. Snyder, Grace Goes to Prison: An Inspiring Story of Hope and Humanity (Elgin, IL: Brethren Press, 2009)
    • Susan Burton & Cari Lynn, Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women (New York, NY: The New Press, 2017)
    • W. Wilson Goode Sr., Charles E. Lewis Jr., Harold Dean Trulear, Ministry with Prisoners & Families: The Way Forward (Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 2011)
    • Marc Mauer & Ashley Nellis, The Meaning of Life: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences (New York, NY: The New Press, 2018)
    • Brenda Spahn and Irene Zutell, Miss Brenda and the Loveladies (New York, Waterbrook Press, 2014)
  • Video:  Melanie Snyder, at TEDxLancaster,(12:54)  “Breaking out of Prison Thinking”, 5/30/14, available on Youtube:
  • Movie: “Concrete, Steel and Paint”, New Day Films, Directed by Cindy Burstein and Tony Heriza, 2009,
  • Some national and state organizations involved in prison ministry:
Criminal Justice Reform
Restorative Justice
  • Books:
    • Danielle Sered, Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road to Repair   (New York, NY: The New Press, 2019)
    • Howard Zehr, The Little Book of Restorative Justice (New York, NY:  Good Books, 2015)
    • Howard Zehr, Changing Lenses: A New Focus for Crime and Justice (Scottsdale, PA: Herald Press, 2005)
  • Podcast: (31:15) WYNC Studios On The Media podcast “Repairing Justice:  An Alternative to Prison” An Interview of Danielle Sered. 7/31/19,
  • TV series:  The Redemption Project, An Excellent series, Hosted by Van Jones, originally aired on CNN, 2019.  8 episodes, may be available by streaming via Youtube TV, Direct TV, Fubo, Sling,    Spectrum
Mass Incarceration/Selective impact on people of color
  • Books: 
    • Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness  (New York, NY: The New Press, 2010)
    • Alexander Natapoff, Punishment Without Crime: How our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal (New York, NY: Basic Books, 2018)
    • Jennifer Eberhardt, Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What we see, Think, and Do (New York, NY: Viking, 2019)
  • Movies:
    • 13th , directed by Ava DuVernay, 2016, available on Netflix
    • Movie “True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality” (1:40:41), directed by Peter Kunhardt, 2019: An excellent documentary film featuring Bryan Stevenson, describing how we must understand our past in order to provide justice for all in our society today.
  • Organization websites:
Death Penalty
  • Books:
    • Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (New York, NY: Spiegel & Grau, 2014)
    • Anthony Ray Hinton, The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life, Freedom, and Justice (New York, NY:  St. Martins Press, 2018)
    • Sister Helen Prejean, Dead Man Walking (New York, NY: Vintage Books, 1993)
    • Advocacy against death penalty: Witness to innocence,
Victim Services
  • Books:
    • Donald B. Kraybill, Steven M.  Nolt &  David L. Weaver, Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy (San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2007)
    • Jeanne Bishop, Change of Heart:  Justice, Mercy, and Making Peace with my Sister’s Killer (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2015)
    • Simon Wiesenthal, The Sunflower (New York, NY: Schocken Books, 1998)
    • Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu, The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World (New York, NY: Harper Collins, 2014).
    • Lewis B. Smedes, The Art of Forgiving: When You Need to Forgive and Don’t Know How (Nashville, TN: Ballantine Publishing, Random House, 1996).
    • Adam Hamilton, Forgiveness: Finding Peace Through Letting Go (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2012).
Children's Resources
Bible Studies
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Rev. Marilyn Schneider
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