White-Collar Minister, Activist,
Jeff is the Minister/Director of the Progressive Prison Project/Innocent Spouse and Children Project, Greenwich-Weston-Bridgeport, Connecticut. He is engaging in new forms of prison ministries providing confidential religious & spiritual support to people accused or convicted of white-collar and nonviolent crimes and their families – before, during and upon reentry from prison.
They are “the first ministries in the United States created to support people accused or convicted of white-collar and other nonviolent crimes and their families.”
After serving almost fourteen months in a Federal prison for a white-collar crime, Jeff was awarded a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, with a focus in Christian Social Ethics.
As clergy, all communications with our ministry are strictly confidential (and thus approvable by white-collar attorneys).
Jeff sits on a number of Boards serving ex-offender communities, including Family ReEntry, Bridgeport & New Haven, CT; Community Partners in Action (formerly the Connecticut Prison Association), Greater Hartford, CT; Healing Communities Network, New York, NY; the Editorial Board of the book, The Justice Imperative: How Hyper-Incarceration has Hijacked the American Dream, Southport, CT; and the Advisory Board of Creative Projects Group, Los Angeles, CA (Kahlil Gibran’s “The Prophet,” 2014 Cannes Special Screening). Jeff was the recipient of the Elizabeth Bush Award for Volunteerism and the Bridgeport Reentry Collaborative Advocate of the Year Award ’13, ’14 & ’15. JustLeadershipUSA recognized Jeff as one of fifteen Leaders in Criminal Justice at its launch in NYC – the event was chaired by Piper Kerman of Orange is the New Black.
He has been the subject of articles in national media including Forbes, Absolute Return/HedgeFund Intelligence, Fairfield County Business Journal, New York Magazine, Weston Magazine Group, and others. As an advocate for prison reform and criminal justice social ethics issues, Jeff is a requested speaker for charitable, religious, educational and public action groups.
Notable speaking engagements: Main-Stage Presenter at The Nantucket Project (http://nantucketproject.com/
Jeff is also the editor of the important and widely read blogsite, http://prisonist.org, at which he authors, edits and curates content around national and international criminal justice advocacy/ministry themes, including exclusive articles and guest blogs written by some of the world’s foremost experts in their fields.
About Lynn Springer
Lynn Springer, Founding Advocate, Innocent Spouses & Children
George Bresnan, Advocate, Ex-Pats
Jim Gabal, Development
Babz Rawls Ivy, Media Contact
We are grateful for donations from individuals, religious groups, charities, foundations and the like. Donations can be made by credit card/PayPal or by sending your check payable to: “Progressive Prison Ministries, Inc.” P.O. Box 1232, Weston, Connecticut 06883. Progressive Prison Project/Innocent Spouse & Children Project are missions of Progressive Prison Ministries, Inc. We are a CT Religious Corp. with 501c3 status – all donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Thank you for your support and generosity.