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CCA-TBN Partnership Gives Second Chance to Inmates
Belief in the Power of Rehabilitative TV Programming: Zero Cost to Taxpayers
LOS ANGELES, April 21, 2008 – In the spirit of giving and genuine forgiveness, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) have joined forces in order to extend prisoners across the United States a real Second Chance at life.
A new initiative of TBN’s worldwide family of networks, Second Chance is a program that allows wardens and chaplains of eligible prisons, jails, and re-entry centers to choose up to four of TBN’s unique faith-based networks for inmates to view at their own discretion. Second Chance is a voluntary program, completely free of charge to the correctional institutions, and receives no funding from government taxpayer dollars.
CCA, the nation’s largest corrections management company to federal, state and local government, recently signed an agreement to bring Second Chance into its nationwide corrections systems, which today includes 65 correctional centers. Together with TBN’s commitment to providing creative, faith-based programming with the power to change lives, the two organizations hope to reach the more than 75,000 offenders housed in CCA’s correctional centers in 19 states and the District of Columbia.
“Our organization – whose mission is firmly rooted in a philosophy that bears out the value of rehabilitation – is an avid supporter of programming for its inmates,” says Dennis Bradby, Vice President of Inmate Programs at CCA. “We are dedicated to playing a strong leadership role in effecting behavioral changes in America by influencing how offenders think and how they channel their thoughts in order to achieve appropriate solutions.”
Founded in 1983, CCA is the fifth largest corrections system in the nation. Responsible for founding the private corrections industry, the organization owns and operates prisons, jails, and detention facilities for male, female and juvenile populations, and the company serves all three federal corrections agencies, nearly half of America’s states, and numerous local municipalities.
CCA boasts a strong commitment to improving lives and, as such, offers a variety of rehabilitation and educational programs, including basic education, life skills, employment training, substance abuse treatment, and work and recreational programs.
“We are honored to have this opportunity to offer the Second Chance program to viewers who can truly benefit,” says Amy Fihn, TBN’s Second Chance Director. “The program is a unique tool for inmates housed in CCA facilities, one that can help bring them to a healthier level emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. Second Chance prepares inmates for success when they eventually re-enter society.”
TBN’s Second Chance – developed as a companion to already-established rehabilitation programs, and to meet the growing needs for cross-generational, cross-cultural, and multi-denominational television programming opportunities for inmates of all ages – is completely free. Once installed, only inmates who specifically choose to watch Second Chance programs will be able to voluntarily view the networks.
“Second Chance is thoughtful, reassuring, faith-based programming that is truly rehabilitative, helps to rebuild inmates’ lives, and reduce recidivism,” adds Fihn.
Using KU band satellite technology, TBN will make four of its unique faith-based networks available for CCA’s diverse inmate populations to view twenty-four hours a day, including JCTV, for juvenile offenders; The Church Channel, which features top speakers from various denominations; TBN Enlace USA, offering faith-based programs entirely in Spanish; and TBN, the nation’s most requested faith-based channel. TBN will also cover the cost of all necessary satellite reception equipment and installation, customized for each facility with technical assistance provided by Glorystar Satellite Systems.
To learn how to get TBN’s Second Chance into a correctional facility, find out more about the program, or make a donation, simply log on to www.TBNSecondChance.org, or call 619-276-7020.
Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) is the world's largest religious network and America's most watched faith network. Each day TBN offers 24 hours of commercial-free inspirational programming those appeals to people in a wide variety of denominations. Beginning in 1973 as a single UHF station in southern California, TBN now reaches every major continent via 70 satellites and more than 12,500 television and cable affiliates worldwide. In the United States, TBN is available to 92 percent of the total households. Its website receives more than 27 million visitors monthly. For more information on TBN, visit www.tbn.org.
About Corrections Corporation of America (CCA)
CCA is one of the largest prison operators in the United States, second only to the federal government and three states. CCA operates 65 facilities in 19 states, managing more than 75,000 offenders. The organization’s numerous rehabilitation and educational programs are designed to reduce recidivism, and prepare inmates for their successful re-entry into society upon their release. CCA was named by FORBES magazine as the Best Managed Company in the country in the area of business services, and is ranked as one of the top 100 Best Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility Officer magazine. For more information about CCA’s faith-based inmate programming, contact John Lanz, CCA’s Director of Faith-based Programs, at 615-263-3112 or email John.Lanz@correctionscorp.com.
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