Articles

These selected articles help communicate the context and success of the Prison Seminary Model as a proven method of prison reform. Hear from third-party primary sources, journalists and researchers, who have visited various prison seminaries and from the primary source — the inmates, men and women, who have graduated from a prison seminary and are still serving the remainder of their sentence behind bars. All of the articles help give a glimpse of the individual and corporate transformation that takes place inside the prison system when men and women have a spiritual transformation in Jesus Christ that leads to moral rehabilitation. A man or woman of any faith benefits from the exposure to the Prison Seminary Model. The prison seminary’s role behind bars is to strengthen and mature the church that is already living there and offer hope to any and all who enroll or who are impacted by its graduates.



The success of prison seminary programs
, Deseret News

Darryl Waters, a graduate of the Prison Seminary at Angola serving a life sentence, addresses his fellow inmates in the Main Chapel at Angola — The Louisiana State Penitentiary.

 


 

Seeking God, and redemption, in a Texas prison seminary, Los Angeles Times

Benjamin Phillips of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary leads a class in a seminary program at a Texas state prison. (Molly Hennessy-Fiske/Los Angeles Times)

 


 

From inmate to minister: Seminary program aims to transform Texas prisoners from the inside out, The Dallas Morning News

Inmates follow the May 9 commencement program of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Darrington Unit in Rosharon. Thirty-three convicts graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies. (Jae S. Lee/Staff Photographer)

 



Female prisoners learn ministry through seminary’s landmark program, Baptist Press

13 Women at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women receive degrees

 


 

Prison seminaries offer genuine rehabilitation and lower costs, Special report by Dr. Michael Hallett, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Darrington Unit inmate Leo G. Little, center, listens to his commencement program while wearing a graduation gown. Little and 32 other inmates received a bachelor’s degree in biblical science last year from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary while serving time in prison. Marie D. De Jesus, Houston Chronicle

 


 

Point of View: An innovative solution for Oklahoma’s criminal justice impasse by Joshua Hays, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma could learn from its neighbors and allow faith-based, privately funded programs to offer education to inmates, training them for roles of service to one another. Louisiana has operated such a program for over two decades, and Texas has followed suit since 2011. In both states, inmates who volunteer to participate receive a fully accredited, four-year bachelor’s degree at no cost to themselves or to taxpayers.