Behind razor wire is an experience that fortunately many of us never have to face in our lifetime.

After decades of stability from the 1920s to the early 1970s, the rate of imprisonment in the United States more than quadrupled during the last four decades. The U.S. penal population of 2.2 million adults is by far the largest in the world. Just under one-quarter of the world’s prisoners are held in American prisons. The U.S. rate of incarceration, with nearly 1 out of every 100 adults in prison or jail, is 5 to 10 times higher than the rates in Western Europe and other democracies. The U.S. prison population is largely drawn from the most disadvantaged part of the nation’s population: mostly men under age 40, disproportionately minority, and poorly educated. Prisoners often carry additional deficits of drug and alcohol addictions, mental and physical illnesses, and lack of work preparation or experience. The growth of incarceration in the United States during four decades has prompted numerous critiques and a growing body of scientific knowledge about what prompted the rise and what its consequences have been for the people imprisoned, their families and communities, and for U.S. society.

Listen to Randy share about the start of his checkered career in crime and imprisonment by clicking on the audio link to Survivors below.

Randy talks about his experience in the Florida justice and prison system. Listen to his story on Passages by clicking on the link below.

Randy shares about his need for rehabilitation and then the late Charles Colson explains what he would have done earlier in his life if he had a chance to do it over again. Click on the link below to listen to Passages.

We pray for those in prison.