Progressive Prison Ministries

November 2016 Newsletter


White-Collar Ministry I Advocacy I Service

Faith & Dignity for the Days Ahead  


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    


Significant Outcomes: Since Jan. 2015, We have Served Over 140 Individuals and Families in 25 States:  


Since Jan. 2015, we have served individuals and families in twenty-five states, including:     

Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.

We typically communicate with individuals and families before, during and upon reentry from prison in person or by phone, email, Skype, FaceTime, GoToMeeting or, if in a Federal prison, via CorrLinks. Please click image for our information package. 


Press Release: Jeff Grant Appointed New Interim Executive Director at Family ReEntry

The Board of Directors of Family ReEntry has appointed Jeff Grant, JD, M Div, as interim Executive Director of Family ReEntry of Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Grant served on Family ReEntry’s board of directors since 2009 – his new appointment marks

the first time in the United States that a person formerly incarcerated for a white-collar crime has served as the head of a major re-entry agency.

“It’s a tremendous step, and a bold decision on the Board’s part,” Grant said. “This is a transformative period for Family ReEntry. I owe them my fresh start, so of course I said yes when they offered me the position.” 

Please click image to press release. 

Guest Blog: From Collared to White Collar, by Monsignor Joseph Ciccone 


“The need for criminal justice reform and even religious reform on every level is long overdue. We need only turn on the nightly news to see the great divide between police, clergy and community. Not upper middle class communities, but communities of color, the inequity and mistreatment of women, Latinos, LGBTQ, those with special needs, and all other minorities being “not” represented in the Criminal Justice System or being treated more harshly within the walls of our overcrowded and differential correctional institutions, or being left out or denied access to practices of faith, worship, and liturgy.”  Please click image to read Fr. Joe’s guest blog. 


News: Family ReEntry Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Program in Bridgeport & New Haven, CT


We would appreciate your referrals! Our best-practices Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is available in Bridgeport and New Haven. The program is 12 weeks, 3 days per week, 3 hours per day.  Clients come to Family ReEntry for an intake and full assessment. Assistance with enrollment will be provided to clients eligible for Medicaid (HUSKY). Licensed clinicians will determine the most appropriate level of care and treatment for each client – a tailored approach is based on the RNR principles of risk, needs, and responsivity. Please click image for details. 


News: Our White-Collar/Nonviolent 

Online Support Group celebrates its twenty-sixth weekly meeting!     

If you have been convicted of a white-collar or nonviolent crime and have served your sentence, please consider joining our confidential online white-collar/ nonviolent support group [As this support group is being run by clergy as part of a program of pastoral counseling, we consider it to be confidential and privileged]. We hold our weekly group meetings on Tuesdays, 8 pm Eastern, 7 pm Central, 6pm Mountain, 5 pm Pacific. Click image for details.


News: Michelle Alexander, Renowned Legal Scholar & Author of The New Jim Crow, Joins Union Seminary in NYC!

Congratulations to Michelle & to our Alma Mater! Click image for information about this important news.

Guest Blog: Meeting Alger Hiss:

Reflections by a 

White-Collar Criminal  

by Jean Valjean, 24601 – 

Guest Blogger


“…Thousands of us who have made a mistake recognize the extraordinarily high price for committing a felony–

the sentence not spelled out at sentencing so to speak. The price we pay goes way beyond incarceration and humiliation.  We lose our place in society, our professional careers, friends and sometimes our families. We live our lives with the  constant reminder of our mistakes.  Society is not forgiving or felony friendly…” Click image to read article. 

News: P.R.I.D.E. Entrepreneurial 

Program in Connecticut:

People Reentering Into 
Doing Entrepreneurship


A course filled with information on how to go into business. It is exclusively for inmates, released inmates & people with a criminal background.  It covers all areas such as Banking, Law, Insurance, Accounting, Marketing , Sales, Life Lessons, Business Plan, Positive Mental Attitude & more.  What makes it unique is that it is 60% business data & 40% Life lessons. Click image to article.

Interview: Jeff Talked Criminal Justice with Felipe Luciano, WBAI Radio FM 99.5 NYC    


Click image to listen to Felipe & Jeff discuss faithful responses to criminal justice issues in America (at 19.00). Jeff & Felipe were classmates at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. 



Article: Our Ministry Featured in Business Insider 


Rachael Levy wrote a powerful article about our ministry, “This is What it’s Like When the 1% go to Jail, According to a Couple that Ministers to Their Families.” Click image to read article. 


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.

Blessings, כן, מאוד

Jeff & Lynn 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. Deacon Jeff Grant, JD, M Div, Director 

Lynn Springer, Founding Advocate
Innocent Spouses, Children & Families

(m) 203-536-5508

Rev. Monsignor Joseph Ciccone, Ed D, M Div
Supervising Minister
(201) 982-2206

Jacqueline Polverari, MBA, MSW, Advocate
Women’s Incarceration Issues
(203) 671-5139

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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