Within three years of being released, 67% of ex-prisoners re-offend and 52% are re-incarcerated, according to a study published in 1994. The rate of recidivism is so high in the United States that most inmates who enter the system are likely to reenter within a year of their release. (Confronting Confinement by John J. Gibbons and Nicolas de B. Katzenbach)
There are numerous theories for America’s high prison population. Most revolve around racism, poverty, lack of education, drugs, and so forth. And no doubt these are contributing factors, but the basic problem is sin, which is the root cause of all human suffering.
Today, I prayed:
Lord, I pray that Your Spirit will fall upon prisoners in America’s prisons and jails causing godly grief to produce a repentance that leads to salvation without regret. (Based on 2 Corinthians 7:10)
What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you?
Join with me on Fridays to fast and pray for prisoners, according to Hebrews 13:3.