Have you checked out my new show “Prisoner of Hope” yet? This series follows the experiences of families grappling with a prison sentence and what that looks like on both sides of the bars. Although heavy, these stories need to be told so that we as a society can push for a new paradigm, one rooted in restorative justice.
But you may be left wondering: why am I taking on such a lofty issue, and why now? I’ll explore that in this final post of a three-part blog series about why this passion project fuels my soul.
It all comes down to my core beliefs. I believe in a higher power and a higher calling. I believe we all have a purpose on this earth and mine is to effect change and bring hope when all seems hopeless. As a woman of faith, I believe that Jesus Christ calls his flock to advocate and bear witness for biblical truth and to care for the most vulnerable in our society. Therefore, the onus is on his followers to call for a justice system that is fair and redemptive for all. I believe Christians are in a unique position to confront the status quo of punitive justice and to respond with restorative solutions for communities, victims, and individuals responsible for crime.
So why now? The number of individuals incarcerated in prisons and jails in the United States is nearly 2.2 million, according to the Department of Justice. The effects of incarceration extend beyond the confines of the cell. An estimated 65 million American citizens have a criminal record, hindering their ability to lead a full and productive life after being released. This is why I’m on a mission to bring this tragedy to light.
But it’s not about me. It’s about building a community of people with a shared vision. That’s why I am inviting you to support my project and help the families in this situation at the same time. I encourage you to share the pilot episode of “Prisoner of Hope” with your friends and family, especially on social media. Together, we can start a movement and demand the prison system make the necessary changes so we as a society can become more whole and equitable.
What are you waiting for? Tune in to the first episode of “Prisoner of Hope” today and be sure to join the conversation on my social channels.