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Prison Fellowship International

Who we are

Prison Fellowship International was founded in 1979 by Charles Colson following his release from prison after serving a sentence for a “Watergate”-related crime. During his own imprisonment, Mr. Colson had seen and experienced the difference that faith in Jesus Christ makes in people’s lives. He became convinced that the real solution to crime is found through spiritual renewal.

Three years after the formation of Prison Fellowship in the United States (1976), representatives from similar organizations around the world met to form Prison Fellowship International as an association of national Prison Fellowship (PF) organizations.

PF organizations, support those who are affected by delinquency and crime, whatever their origin, their condition or their beliefs, by helping them to rebuild themselves and live in peace.  Whether at the local or national level, PFI encourages churches of all denominations to invest in prison ministry.  They increase the awareness of civil society and public officials of this cause and develop ties of solidarity through volunteer work.

In each country, following the needs, context and opportunities, Prison Fellowship directs projects and programmes with a holistic view of the human being, that is taking account of his physical, mental, emotional, familial, social, cultural and spiritual dimensions.

The number of associations affiliated with PFI has grown steadily since 1979.  Today more than 126 countries throughout the world are members. PFI is now the largest and most extensive association of national Christian ministries working within the criminal justice field. PF Switzerland joined the network in 1991.

As a non-governmental organization (NGO), Prison Fellowship International maintains “special consultative status” with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 1984 and is an active participant in the United Nations Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.

PFI European secretariat is based in Stuttgart, Germany.

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