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Good News Ministry provides spiritually mature, equipped, and motivated Christian chaplains to serve in correctional facilities nationally and internationally. Our chaplains meet the spiritual needs of both inmates and staff through ministry that includes evangelism, discipleship, and pastoral attention, while facilitating other religious faiths within the guidelines established by law and the individual correctional facility.

Founded in 1961, Good News Jail & Prison Ministry is a Christian outreach that provides chaplains, volunteers, counseling, and educational programs to jails and prisons in 21 US states and 21 countries or territories worldwide. Good News believes that each one of the 9.6 million (2.3 million US) people incarcerated in the world today represents a broken life and a family in pain, yet they also embody amazing opportunities for hope, healing, hearts to be made whole, and lives to be given to Christ. When this happens, the transformational changes that result are carried forward exponentially and experienced eternally.

In the United States, over 7.2 million Americans are on probation, in jail or prison, or on parole. That’s approximately 1 in every 32 adults. Most of the people behind bars are not there for life. 95% of the men and women in our jails and prisons right now will be back in society.

Good News Jail & Prison Ministry is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, fully funded through gifts and donations from businesses, churches, foundations, and individuals committed to seeing lives and families restored and patterns of generational violence broken forever.

The sun never sets on Good News Jail & Prison Ministry. Our chaplains are called to minister to those behind bars and offer hope that God changes lives even when hope is lost and all else has failed. They count it a privilege to serve in their communities and be part of a global ministry that brings the message of God’s grace, love and forgiveness.

Chaplain Scott A. Bailes and his army of volunteers serve the Vanderburgh County Jail. Chaplain Wood can be reached at 812-421-6268 or by email.

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