TBN 2nd Chance started in 2007 through the vision of Dr. Paul and Jan Crouch. At that time, TBN 2nd Chance was headquartered in our Dallas/Fort Worth, TX TV studios. Our first installation was the Louisiana State Penitentiary better known as Angola. TBN offers cross-generational, 24/7 faith-based networks; TBN, Hillsong from Australia, Enlace/Spanish speaking and Positiv TV our 24-hour movie channel.
Currently, TBN 2nd Chance is installed in roughly 1,300 facilities.
There are already more than two million men and women incarcerated in America’s jails and prisons. When all of the people incarcerated are combined with all of those on probation or parole, the U.S. correctional population exceeds seven million people.
That means one in every 32 U.S. adult residents is currently under correctional supervision!
Inmates who are released from prison only to repeat their crimes is a sad reality for some. According to the Auditor of the State of California, the current recidivism rate is an astounding 65%. Failing to change an inmate’s mindset isn’t just a social problem, it’s a financial one as well. Depending on the type of facility, ONE prison bed costs taxpayers between $25,000 to $100,000 a year.
The real tragedy is the human toll. Every time a released prisoner commits another crime, innocent people are profoundly affected. Friends, relatives, and children of an inmate are frequently secondary victims; and for the ex-offenders themselves, freedom is often fleeting.
Here’s what those on the front lines—prison chaplains—have to say:
—Chaplain Lois Woodard, California Institution for Women, Corona, CA
—Chaplain Charles Foster, Fremont Correctional Facility, Canon City, CO
—Chaplain Yolanda Walker, Tennessee Prison for Women, Nashville, TN