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


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

Faith in action

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.



Upcoming/Recent Events

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...

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Recent Blog Posts

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...

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