Friday, July 22, 2011

Need versus Reality - What are you called to do?

The Reality


Number of Federal Penitentiaries -2
Number of inmates -5091                             

Number of State Prisons- 32
Number of Inmates- 31,427

Number of Jails- 28 Regional
                                39 Local
                                  2 Jail Farms
                                Total= 69 Jails

Number of Inmates in Jails- 32,336

Average cost per day per inmate- @ $65.00

Virginia is number 2 in the nation in spending on jail and prison operations per inmate. This figure does not include building and renovating prisons and jails.

I tell you these figures so you will be aware of the needs. Crime is expensive for us, and it's not getting any less expensive to house the ever growing number of inmates, build facilities, pay law enforcement salaries and court costs. It's no surprise that this is happening. We are promised that times will wax worse and worse until the end. My point is this- we have a God given responsibility to attend to this mission field.

Our Call

"The services of volunteers are an indispensable resource for our criminal justice system. The vast majority of incarcerated offenders will eventually re-enter the community upon the completion of their sentences. Crime and delinquency are tremendous burdens on the community - both in the costs related to law enforcement and corrections, and in terms of human suffering. By supplementing the work of Department of Corrections employees, volunteers help to stretch our tax dollars. Each year, volunteers donate more than one million dollars worth of their valuable time to the Department - hours that otherwise might be paid for by taxpayers."
and a word from our higher power-

Hebrews 13:3
Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

Please donate to the ministry of Hope Aglow. We believe the best way to address crime prevention is changed hearts.
Hope Aglow Ministries
P.O. Box 10157
Lynchburg, VA 24506

Hope Aglow Ministries, Inc. is a registered 503(c) organization. A financial statement is available from the State Div. of Consumer Affairs, upon request.
Div. of Consumer Affairs
P.O. Box 1163 Richmond, VA 23209

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