From: Rev. Jeff Grant, Director, Lynn Springer, Founding Advocate
Progressive Prison Project/Innocent Spouse & Children Project May ’16 Newsletter 

Progressive Prison Project/ 

Innocent Spouse & Children Project
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White-Collar Ministry I Advocacy I Service

The first ministry in the United States created to provide confidential support and counseling to individuals, families and organizations with white-collar and other nonviolent incarceration issues. 


Blog: After Trauma: 

The Time For Spiritual Growth

By Jeff Grant, JD, M Div


So many of us are in a place where our first life has come to an end.  A divorce, the death of a child or other loved one, loss of a job or career, alcohol and drug problems that finally crushed us, financial issues that overwhelmed our ability to be present for ourselves and our families, an illness or mental illness, hospitalization, poor judgment that has caused rampant legal problems, incarceration…  Click here to read this article. 


Radio: We will be interviewed on Real Life Real Faith Radio 


We will be interviewed by Cheryl Lacey Donovan on her Real Life Real Faith radio show.  Click here to listen via live stream on the air date, May 10, 2016, or the archived show anytime thereafter.  


Radio: We will be interviewed by Babz Rawls Ivy on her show, FM 103.5, WNHH, New Haven, CT


We have been invited back by Babz Rawls Ivy to appear on her Love Talk radio show, May 20, 2016, 10 am.  Please listen in if you are in the New Haven area, or click here to listen via live stream on the air date or the archived show anytime thereafter.  


Fifth Letter from Prison: 

A New Light Shining, by

Lee Gutierrez, Guest Blogger


This is the fifth letter of Lee’s from prison that we’re publishing with his permission. He wrote it from from a new prison, during which transfer we were unable to communicate. Lee’s first four letters were among the most read posts ever on  To read Lee’s guest blog please click here.  


Grant: ABCUSA Has Awarded Us A  Grant To Help Struggling Families. Apply Now! 

We are so grateful to the American Baptist Churches USA for awarding us a Matthew 25 $2000 grant to provide one-time stipends to individuals or families with white-collar or nonviolent incarceration issues to be used for short-term expenses. Please feel free to email us if you require assistance. The funds will be administered by Jeff’s Supervising Minister, Rev. Hopeton Scott of the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport.  Click here for more information. 


Article: Our Ministries Featured in The Hour

To read Jeff Eydt’s powerful article for The Hour of March 26, 2016, “Ministry Counsels People Who Committed White-Collar Crimes,” please click here.   


Event: 8 State Re-Entry Reintegration Conference 

Please join us on May 6 & 7, 2016 in Stony Point, NY at this two-day faith-based conference centered on the trauma of incarceration as it relates to jobs, housing and family reintegration. We will be leading a white-collar breakout session. Organized, underwritten and sponsored by the Prison Ministry Network of the Synod of the Northeast of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Information: Click here to register. 


Event: Family ReEntry Spring Event At Grace Farms. Keynote By NY Times Best-Selling Author, Shaka Senghor!  

Please join us on Fri.,

June 10, 2016, at Grace Farms, New Canaan, CT, for “An Evening Focused On Advancing Justice In Our Community,” keynote by NY Times best-selling author who survived seven years in solitary confinement, Shaka Senghor, to benefit Family ReEntry (Jeff is on the Board of Family ReEntry) and the Connecticut Legal Rights Project.  For information and sponsorship opportunities, please click here or contact Milena Kotara,203-290-0863,    


Save The Date: Methodist Reentry Symposium

We will be panelists at the United Methodist New York Annual Conference Board of Church and Society presents “I Was in Prison and You…” on Sat., Oct. 1, 2016, 9:30 am – 4 pm at the Grace United Methodist Church, 125 West 104th Street, New York, NY. Please join us. Click here for more information. 


Article: Forbes Article About Our Ministries: “A New Class Of White-Collar Victims, The Family.”

Read Walt Pavlo’s article about our ministries and the successful resolution of our lead case – the first time in United States history that an innocent spouse has been compensated after her personal assets were wrongfully seized by the government. This was the largest Federal financial crimes case in the history of the State in which this matter was prosecuted. We are honored and grateful to have been of service to this family. Click here for Forbes article. 


Information Package:   


We are the first ministry in the United States created to provide confidential support and counseling to individuals, families and organizations with white-collar and other nonviolent incarceration issues. Please click here for our full information package.

Donations: Thank You For Your Support & Generosity!

We are grateful for all donations made to our ministries. 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.  We are a CT Religious Corp. with 501(c)(3) status – all donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.   

Contact Information:  

If transformation and redemption matter to you, a friend or a family member with a white-collar or nonviolent incarceration issue, please contact us and we will promptly send you an information package by mail, email or via Dropbox. The darkest days of a person’s life can be a time of renewal and hope. Progressive Prison Project/Innocent Spouse & Children Project are missions of Progressive Prison Ministries, Inc.  

Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 1232 
Weston, Connecticut 06883 
(o) 203-769-1096

Rev. Jeff Grant, JD, M Div, Director

Lynn Springer, Founding Advocate, Innocent Spouses & Children

(m) 203-536-5508

George Bresnan, Advocate, Ex-Pats 
(m) 203-609-5088

Jim Gabal, Development 
(m) 203-858-2865

Babz Rawls Ivy, Media Contact 
(m) 203-645-9278

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