Our goal is to help each woman
successfully transition to free society. Failure to follow
the technical rules of release is why almost 30% of all
released inmates are returned to prison.
Corrections (Includes Parole Office Locations)
Prison Ministry deacons and
assistants provide pastoral services to incarcerated women.
Women near release are offered an opportunity to
for reentry assistance. In
general it is illegal for released inmates to continue
relationships nurtured in prison.
A seamless, legal
handoff is essential.
- Greet released inmates as they
- Provide each woman with basic
necessities like food, hygiene products and St. Peter's
Episcopal Church opens its thrift store doors so each
woman can choose appropriate ensembles.
- Transport each woman to her
Parole Office and Approved Residence.
- May help women who need
additional help to obtain State of Arizona Identification
and connect with
as needed to obtain employment and establish a healthy
On the other hand there are
things to not say or do.
- Do not give a released inmate
your home address or phone number.
- Do not give released inmates
money. We gift whatever is needed within reason but
"when money is the only thing that will solve a problem
money may not be the problem". (Rev. Gene
- Do not drop off a released
inmate anywhere except her Department of Corrections
- Do not provide a released
inmate with personal information such as your place of
employment, home address, family situation or financial
This ministry can be a very
positive experience for both volunteers and the released
woman. Make release a fun day and keep assuring her that a
new life awaits.