Injustice Anywhere Is A Threat To Justice Everywhere. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
When State Prison Becomes Our Permanent First Home!
I’m often asked, “What are the people like inside our prisons?”
They’re broken beloveds in need of healing, but they’re also God’s children. Sadly, around 25% of all incarcerated people have spent part of their youth in foster care (Doyle, 2007). 40% to 50% of former foster youth also become homeless within 18 months after leaving care.
While running a homeless organization, I fought RELENTLESSLY to get a few beloveds who were once in the foster care system into permanent housing. That paled in comparison to how hard housing would be for our returning citizens once they’re released from state prison.
Sadly, we are sending more foster children to prison than colleges. With an annual price tag on incarceration in California being approximately $81,000 a year, we need more focus on programs, because every person is REDEEMABLE!
Gut-punching, raw words spoken from an incarcerated man, still under 21.
“From the time I was 3 until I turned 14, I was bounced to 80 (yes, eighty) different foster homes. When I turned 18, I found myself alone and homeless, and resorting to a life of crime.
Now, at 20, I finally have a home more permanent than any I’ve ever known; state prison!
I’m just one of many kids who age out of foster care…”
States are failing in their role as parents to America’s most vulnerable children. They’ve already suffered enough trauma and adverse childhood experiences. It’s time for God’s Great Love to step in and bring healing.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. – Martin Luther King, Jr.Tweet
Time’s up! When our kids age out of foster care; everyone suffers. Hurting children grow into hurting adults. Our state prisons should never become a beloved’s first permanent home.
Our state prisons are filled with hurt people that hurt others, but healed people can and will bring healing!Tweet
Until next time…