Inside Out Network
Redeemer Lutheran Church – Park Ridge, Illinois
- Grant Program: GrantsPlus
- Amount of Grant: $50,000
- Dates of Grant Term: January 2018 – January 2020
Every week, more than 10,000 men and women are released from state and federal prisons across the country. Nearly 650,000 people are released annually from prisons, while an additional 9,000,000 are released from jails and detention facilities. Studies on recidivism reduction from the Bureau of Justice show that some of these returnees have a warm and effective support network to come home to. Most do not. Still, everyone struggles because of the twin evils of isolation and invisibility. Redeemer Lutheran Church plans to combat these problems and add value to the entire reentry system by creating an effective Inside Out Network. This network will be comprised of those working inside as well as out of prison, a powerful interactive website connecting returning citizens with service providers, and specialized small group Bible studies.