How to be an advocate for people in prison

Currently and previously incarcerated people have a long road ahead of them – one that’s not easily traveled, especially alone. If you’re wondering what you can do to help, know that your voice can make a difference! Keep reading to learn more about how you can advocate for our brothers and sisters who need a second chance. 

Exercise your right to vote

As United States citizens, we’re blessed with the liberty to share our opinions regarding our country’s leadership and governance by voting. This form of self-expression is a way to incite change and create a better tomorrow for our friends, family and neighbors. 

Before you head to the polls, review the issues you’ll be voting on. There are often potential changes that can and will affect currently and previously incarcerated individuals. A recent example is the Ban the Box initiative, a movement to remove the check box from job applications that asks if the potential employee was ever convicted. In July 2020, Shelby County unanimously voted to ban the box on applications for jobs with the Shelby County government. This decision allows an untapped portion of the workforce to gain meaningful employment, which is often a challenge.

Consider mentorship

Mentors build confidence, and inspire and cultivate a relationship that often surpasses an inmate’s sentence. Hope 2 Hire’s partner, HopeWorks, has staff and volunteers actively mentoring inmates at  Shelby County Division of Corrections and other facilities throughout West Tennessee. 

You can get involved by partnering with HopeWorks through its Faith Encourager program. Faith Encouragers support and care for students, often previously incarcerated individuals, as they learn job and life skills, finish educational training and are challenged to live a Christ-centered life. Faith encouragers are able to transform lives through meaningful interactions at our facilities.

If you are interested in learning more about mentorship opportunities, click here

Utilize your faith

Another way you can help our brothers and sisters is by praying for them. Whether you’re in the car, buying groceries, sitting at your desk or cooking dinner, lifting our neighbors up in prayer is arguably the most powerful way to incite change – by calling on the Lord Himself!

If you’re interested in connecting with us about getting involved with prison advocacy, we encourage you to reach out via our website or give us a call at 901-272-3700.

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