The World’s First Ministry Created to Support Individuals, Families & Groups with White Collar and Other Nonviolent Criminal Justice Issues
The World’s First Ministry Created to Support Individuals, Families & Organizations with White Collar/Nonviolent Incarceration Issues
TRANSFORMING LIVES, ONE STEP AT A TIME.
Rev. Jeff Grant, J.D., M.Div., Co-Founder
From serving time to time serving
Jeff is an ordained minister with over three decades of experience in crisis management, business, law, reentry, recovery (clean & sober 17+ years), and executive & religious leadership. Sometimes referred to in the press as “The Minister to Hedge Funders,” he uses his experience and background to guide people faithfully forward in their lives, relationships, careers and business opportunities, and to help them to stop making the kinds of decisions that previously resulted in loss, suffering and shame.
After an addiction to prescription opioids and serving almost fourteen months in a Federal prison for a white-collar crime he committed when he was a lawyer, Jeff started his own reentry – earning a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York with a focus in Christian Social Ethics. He is Co-Founder of Progressive Prison Ministries, Inc., the world’s first ministry created to support individuals, families and groups with white collar and other nonviolent criminal justice issues. Jeff is also the first person in the United States formerly incarcerated for a white collar crime to be appointed as CEO of a major criminal justice organization.
As an ordained minister, conversations and communications between Jeff and those he serves fall under clergy privilege laws. This is one reason that attorneys often allow and encourage their clients to maintain relationships with Jeff while in active prosecution or litigation situations.
Lynn Springer, Co-Founder
Lynn is the Founding Advocate of the Innocent Spouse & Children Project. As the innocent partner of a white-collar criminal, and a mother, Lynn is called to this ministry with a heart of compassion and understanding. A certified yoga instructor, she assists women and families in finding ethical ways through faith and practical solutions to a new sturdy, healthy, spiritual way of life.
Criminal Justice Insider with Babz Rawls Ivy & Jeff Grant: Fri., Oct. 5, 2018 with Guests Sue Gunderman & Beth Hines, CT Reentry Roundtables
Please join us on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, 9 am, when Sue Gunderman and Beth Hines of the Connecticut Reentry Roundtables, will be our guests on Criminal Justice Insider with Babz Rawls Ivy & Jeff Grant - The Voice of CT Criminal Justice. Live on WNHH 103.5 FM New...read more
Criminal Justice Insider with Babz Rawls Ivy & Jeff Grant: Fri., Sept. 21, 2018 with Guest Louis L. Reed, National Organizer for #Cut50
Please join us on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, 9 am, when Louis L. Reed, National Organizer for #Cut50, will be our guest on Criminal Justice Insider with Babz Rawls Ivy & Jeff Grant - The Voice of CT Criminal Justice. Live on WNHH 103.5 FM New Haven and live-streaming...read more
Criminal Justice Insider with Babz Rawls Ivy & Jeff Grant: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018 with Guest Kennard Ray, Unlock the Vote
Please join us on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, 9 am, when Kennard Ray, Leader of CT's Full Citizen’s Coalition to Unlock the Vote movement and Candidate for CT State Representative, will be our guest on Criminal Justice Insider with Babz Rawls Ivy & Jeff Grant - The...read more
Criminal Justice Insider: Upcoming & Past Guests Directory Upcoming Guests w/ links to Facebook Events Pages JUL6 CJI Guests: Bill Carbone and Erika Nowakowski, Tow Youth Justice Institute at University of New Haven Fri 9 AM Criminal Justice Insider New Haven, CT...read more
Criminal Justice Insider with Babz Rawls Ivy & Jeff Grant: Fri., July 6, 2018 with Guests Bill Carbone & Erika Nowakowski of the Tow Youth Justice Institute
Bill Carbone & Erika Nowakowski of the University of New Haven Tow Youth Justice Institute on Criminal Justice Insider Radio with Babz Rawls Ivy & Jeff Grant. WNHH 103.5 FM New Haven, Live-streaming Everywhere. Friday, July 6th, 9 am _____________ Please...read more
Family ReEntry Serves as CT Partner for Nigerian Musician/Prison Reformer Lamboginny’s Concert in Weston, June 9, 2018
Bridgeport, CT – (May 26, 2018) – Lamboginny, Nigerian recording artist and prison reformer, is slated to perform for the first time in the United States, as the headliner for a benefit concert in Weston, CT. Jeff Grant, Executive Director of Bridgeport-based Family...read more
Criminal Justice Insider with Babz Rawls Ivy & Jeff Grant: Fri., June 15, 2018 with Guest James Forman, Jr., Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for his book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America
Please join us on Friday, June 15th, 9 am, when Yale Law School Professor James Forman, Jr., Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for his book "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America," will be our guest on Criminal Justice Insider with Babz Rawls Ivy...read more
Jeff was interviewed by Stan Simpson on his Fox 61 Hartford Connecticut news program. Saturday, June 9, 2018, "Voice for reformed white collar criminals shares his story/advocacy for that constituency." Link to video of show here.read more
We will be speaking at the Rotary Club of Westport, Connecticut on Tuesday, June 12th at noon. The meeting will be held at Christ & Holy Trinity Church, Branson Hall, 55 Myrtle Avenue, Westport, CT 06880. More information at westportrotary.org.read more
Bridgeport, CT - (April 27, 2018) - Family ReEntry, Inc. proudly announces that Fred Hodges, Family ReEntry’s Director of Community Affairs, will receive the 2018 Urdang-Torres Community Impact Award at the Annual Bridgeport Reentry Collaborative Ceremony, held on...read more
Criminal Justice Insider with Babz Rawls Ivy & Jeff Grant: Fri., June 1, 2018 with Guest Mike Lawlor, CT Under Secretary for Criminal Justice Policy and Planning
Please join us on Friday, June 1, 2018, 9 am, when Mike Lawlor, State of Connecticut Under Secretary for Criminal Justice Policy and Planning, will be our guest on Criminal Justice Insider with Babz Rawls Ivy & Jeff Grant - The Voice of CT Criminal Justice. Live...read more
Sunday, April 29th, 11:15 am: Family ReEntry’s Jeff Grant presented at coffee hour about life in and successful reentry from the criminal justice system. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 628 Main Street, Stamford, CT. Please click here for more information.read more
Save the Date: Family ReEntry Benefit Cocktail Party in Stamford, June 13, 2018read more
Criminal Justice Insider with Babz Rawls Ivy & Jeff Grant: Fri., May 4, 2018 with Guest Earl Bloodworth, Warren Kimbro Reentry Project
Please join us on Friday, May 4th, 9 am, when Earl Bloodworth, Project Manager of the City of New Haven Warren Kimbro Reentry Project, will be our guest on Criminal Justice Insider with Babz Rawls Ivy & Jeff Grant - The Voice of CT Criminal Justice. Live on WNHH...read more
Criminal Justice Insider with Babz Rawls Ivy & Jeff Grant: Fri., April 20, 2018 with Guests Scot X. Esdaile and Fred Hodges
Friday, April 20th, 9 am: Scot X. Esdaile, President of the NAACP Connecticut State Conference, and Fred Hodges, Family ReEntry's Director of Community Affairs, joined us on Criminal Justice Insider with Babz Rawls Ivy & Jeff Grant - The Voice of CT Criminal...read more
Recent Blog Posts
Absolute Return: Helping Hedge Funders Cope With Prison: A Q&A with the Director of Greenwich-Based Progressive Prison Ministries (2013), by Lawrence Delevingne
On May 13, Level Global Investors co-founder Anthony Chiasson was sentenced to more than six years in prison. He'll be joining a small but growing number of incarcerated hedge fund professionals thanks to the government's aggressive prosecution of insider trading...read more
An Excerpt from the Book: “Down & Out in Greenwich, CT: An Insider’s View of Opioid Addiction, Prison and the Road Back to the Boardroom,” by Jeff Grant (Unpublished)
I pulled on my sweatshirt and realized just how cold it was. It was freezing down that end of the hall. Suburbia they called it. It was the most sought after section of the unit. Far from prying eyes. Far from the glaring lights and acrid smells of the bathroom....read more
Reprinted from Forbes.com, Jan. 28, 2019 The prison consulting business has been plagued by gimmicks and false promises. Now a federal indictment in Connecticut could blow the lid off of a number of scammers that have taken advantage of defendants and their families....read more
Blog: The Cost of Calling Loved Ones from Prison should not Pay a Billionaire’s Salary! By Venezia Michalsen, Ph.D.
Do you have a loved one behind bars in Connecticut prisons? Do you find that even keeping in touch with your imprisoned loved one is too expensive? Were you once in a Connecticut prison? Was calling your family and friends very expensive? House Representatives Robyn...read more
by Tom Breen, Reprinted from New Haven Independent, Feb. 6, 2019 Jeffrey Deskovic was playing whiffleball with a friend the night his high school classmate was raped and murdered.Despite DNA evidence to the contrary, the state still thought he did it. So did a jury....read more
by Thomas Breen I Reprinted from the New Haven Independent I | Jan 23, 2019 (3) Comments | Post a Comment | E-mail the Author Peter Henning (center) with WNHH hosts Jeff Grant and Babz Rawls-Ivy. The government will always prioritize going after insider traders over...read more
Reprinted from New Haven Independent, Jan. 3, 2019, by Tom Breen Ban the box, not just for job applications, but for housing applications, too. A criminal justice reform group plans to pitch that idea to the state legislature this coming session as part of...read more
We invite you to share your holiday messages of experience, strength, love, hope and faith. Please email them to me at email@example.com and I will post them on our blog at prisonist.org/prisonist-the-blog and email them to our families, friends, neighbors,...read more
The Real Deal, Christmas for a White Collar Family: By a Member of Our Online White Collar/Nonviolent Support Group
I was so moved by this email I received today from a ministee in Seattle that I asked his permission to republish it. It speaks of the difficulties he has faced since returning from prison in getting a job, providing for his family, and feeling like a whole person....read more
New Haven Independent: Glenn E. Martin, Criminal Justice Crusader, gives his first interview since leaving JustLeadershipUSA, on Criminal Justice Insider radio with Babz Rawls Ivy & Jeff Grant.
By Tom Breen, Reprinted from New Haven Independent, Dec. 13, 2018 Glenn E. Martin spent eight years of his youth sticking up jewelry stores. He spent nearly four years of his adulthood raising tens of millions of dollars to help end mass incarceration. In Martin’s...read more
Dear Fellow Clergy and Members of the Faith Community, Good morning. I hope you are well. This letter requests three things: 1. A donation to our ministry, in an amount within your discretion; 2. Introduction to your church’s outreach committee, toward a deeper...read more
Warning: The content below is not for everybody. But for our most compassionate and empathetic friends, we encourage you to read further. Thank you! Dear Friends, While many of you already know much of our family’s story (detailed in greater depth in an article that...read more
By Tom Breen. Reprinted from New Haven Independent, Nov. 23, 2018. Undoing mass incarceration isn’t just about providing ex-offenders a second chance to reintegrate into society after release. It’s also about giving our whole society a second chance to rethink the...read more
Dear Friends, With the holiday season upon us, Lynn and I have been reflecting on the blessing we have been given of having each one of you in our lives. Together, we have risen from the ashes of loneliness and despair to form a great new community that is still in...read more
Prisonist.org Fall/Winter '18 Newsletter The First Confidential White Collar/Nonviolent Online Support Group in the Country Celebrates It's 125th Meeting! Meets Online on Monday Evenings 7 ET, 6 CT, 5 MT, 4 PT This is a huge step in forming a community of individuals...read more
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