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TBN Prison Ministry Reflects on Fruitful 2012, Looks Ahead to Opportunities for Outreach to America's Inmates
LOS ANGELES (January 4, 2013) — It was a very fruitful 2012 for TBN Second Chance, the national prison outreach of Christian television leader Trinity Broadcasting Network. Launched in 2007, TBN Second Chance partners with state correctional officials and cable and satellite companies like Glorystar Satellite Systems to bring TBN's most popular faith channels to prison facilities in California, Florida, Ohio, Louisiana, Texas, Kentucky, Michigan, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Colorado, Mississippi, Alabama, Missouri — 31 states and growing.
Through its Second Chance program TBN covers the cost of equipment and installation, providing inmates with up to four of its top networks: TBN’s flagship channel, America’s most-watched faith network; JCTV network for teens and young adults; the Church Channel, featuring the best worship services and ministry programs from across the nation; and Enlace, the popular Spanish-language Christian network.
“We're thrilled by the tremendous growth we experienced throughout 2012 as we worked to extend hope and healing to the over two million men, women, and youth serving time behind bars in the U.S.,” said Mark Reynolds, national director for TBN Second Chance. “We were able to bring Christian television to some of the most notorious and hardened prisons in America, provide our inspirational youth channels to more juvenile detention centers, and move ahead with plans to bring TBN Second Chance to scores of others prisons across America.”
In June 2012, following many months of planning and coordination with prison officials and the California Department of Corrections, TBN Second Chance was launched in California's infamous Folsom Prison, giving that facility's more than 3,000 inmates 24-hour access to life-changing television. Two months later the program launched at another notorious California prison, San Quentin, giving over 5,000 inmates in the state's oldest correctional facility access to TBN's top faith channels.
Reynolds said that with the conclusion of 2012, TBN Second Chance moved very close to completing its coverage of the entire California state adult correctional system. “Through TBN's innovative spiritual outreach,” he explained, “tens of thousands of men and women in California's penal system now have access to dynamic programming that inspires, educates, and nurtures them, impacting their lives for now and eternity.”
In 2012 TBN Second Chance also extended its reach to troubled teens, as it partnered in a pilot program with the West Virginia Division of Juvenile Services to provide TBN's JCTV youth network to that state's twelve juvenile facilities. Reynolds said that this is in addition to successful Second Chance programs already underway in youth facilities in Florida and Louisiana. “With hundreds of thousands of young people being placed in some type of detention every year,” noted Reynolds, “we have been working diligently to expand our program to youth facilities nationwide, and the West Virginia program is a significant step in that direction.”
These are just a small handful of the successes TBN Second Chance experienced during 2012 as it worked to expand Christian television to correctional facilities across America. Reynolds said the letters and endorsements he has received from correctional officials and prison chaplains are proof that TBN’s prison initiative is making a huge difference to men and women looking for a second chance in life. “We regularly receive contacts from officials who have heard about the impact TBN Second Chance is making in the lives of inmates, and the potential it has for helping to reduce recidivism,” he said. “We're anticipating another fruitful year as we take Christian television to more incarcerated men and women desperate for change and hope.”
TBN founder and President Paul Crouch said that TBN Second Chance represents the heart of the mission the network has pursued since its launch almost 40 years ago. “Broadcasting the life-changing message of the gospel to every corner of the earth, and into the most desperate of situations — that has been God's call to TBN from day one,” he said. “And we never cease to thank Him for the success He has given us through all of our networks, as well as through programs like TBN Second Chance.”
To learn more about TBN's efforts to reach out to inmates throughout the U.S., visit the TBN Second Chance website at tbnsecondchance.org.
Colby May, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel: 202-544-5171
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