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Blogs, Guest Blogs & News  Newsletter Jan. ’16
Faith & Dignity for the Days Ahead

Progressive Prison Project/ 

Innocent Spouse & Children Project

White-Collar Ministry I Advocacy I Service

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

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Article: Our Ministry Featured in The Greenwich Sentinel  

A Worldly Fall, A Spiritual Ascent

This article appeared in the January 7, 2016 issue of the Greenwich Sentinel. We hope it offers faith and dignity to individuals and families with white-collar and nonviolent incarceration issues. The darkest days of a person’s life can be a time of renewal and hope.

“There’s a transformation that goes on in every single person I’ve ever met that has gone through incarceration issues,” Grant said. “Whether they recognize it or not, at some point it becomes clear to them that they are no longer the people that they had been. That’s generally a good thing. These are life-altering experiences..”  To read the rest of this article, please click here.  

Radio Interview: We Talked White-Collar Crime with Babz Rawls Ivy on her radio show

We talked white-collar crime, reentry and redemption with our dear friend Babz Rawls Ivy on her talk show, LoveBabz LoveTalk, WNHH FM 103.5 New Haven, CT. Original air date, Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. To listen to the archived show on SoundCloud, please click here. 

Article: Our Ministry Featured in “The Vision”

We are grateful to The New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church for the invitation to write an article for its monthly newspaper, The Vision.  This article appeared on page 8 of the December 15, 2015 issue, was published online and was distributed to all of its 450 churches in New York and Connecticut. 

White-Collar Ministry: A Riches-To-Rags-To-Redemption Story

“On Easter Sunday 2006, I reported to Allenwood Low Security Corrections Institution in White Deer, Pennsylvania. A guard came out and I showed him my court orders – he did not seem happy about my reporting on Easter Sunday. As we went through the metal door he spun me around, held my hands behind my back and slapped handcuffs on them. I had been anticipating this moment for over a year and not once did I consider that I would have to be handcuffed. At that moment I had my first inkling of how little I knew about surviving in prison.” 
To read the rest of this article, please click   here. (page 8).  

Video: Our Main Stage
Presentation At The
Nantucket Project 

We are grateful to The Nantucket Project for its continuing support of our ministries. Click here to view Video of Jeff’s Main-Stage Presentation. (17:27)

Guest Blog: Journey From Darkness to Light, By Melissa Tanis – Child of an Incarcerated Parent  

Melissa’s first guest blog for us, Child of an Incarcerated Parent, (Jan. ’15) chronicled her reunion with her father who was sentenced to 50 years in prison – it became our most-viewed blog ever! Below is her follow-up blog that brings us up-to-date on her incredible and heartwarming story.

“…As I wrote in my last blog post, my dad had cancer and at the time and was in remission. But in March of this year I got a call from my dad like I normally do except this time, he told me his cancer had returned and spread to his lungs. The doctor said he had at best, two years to live. He has responded well to chemo but it will be an ongoing treatment and at different moments, he is very vulnerable to infection. If it’s not the cancer that gets him, it could very well be a minor infection that his weakened immune system is not able to fight off. When I first found out about his cancer returning, everything seemed meaningless. What do we talk about now? How do we catch up on 20 years of not knowing each other in at best two years?” Click here to read the rest of Melissa’s guest blog. 

Guest Blog: Financial Fraud: Top 13 Crimes,

by Brad Reid, Prof. of Law & Ethics


We’ve greatly admired Brad’s articles for the Huffington Post, and asked him to guest blog for

“Many years ago I provided commercial banking legal representation to a bank president. One day, out of the blue, he asked me to backdate some documents. Thankfully, I declined. Some years after I entered the academic world, he and the bank’s leadership team were convicted of federal fraud offenses. Additionally, the bank collapsed. A number of families were devastated. The president was an energetic businessman and doubtless never imagined this outcome to his career. What happened? My observation, at a distance, is that he was caught-up in the emotional high of great success and came to believe that cutting a few corners was okay because rapid growth would cover any issues. The “just this once” rationalization is a powerful seduction…”  Click here to read the rest of Brad’s informative guest blog. 

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.

Blessings, Jeff & Lynn

Rev. Jeff Grant, Director & Lynn Springer, Founding Advocate 

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,
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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