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Aftermath of WhiteCollar Crime

Reprinted from Weston Forum, March 24, 2016 

A man who served more than a year in a federal prison for a white-collar crime committed during his career as a lawyer will speak to the Kiwanis Club of Weston on Saturday, March 26, at Norfield Congregational Church, Parish Hall.

The Kiwanis meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast will be served and members of the public are welcome.

Rev. Jeff Grant and his wife Lynn Springer will discuss their work with the Progressive Prison Project/Innocent Spouse & Children Project.

With offices in Weston, the Progressive Prison Project/Innocent Spouse & Children Project is the first ministry in the United States created to provide confidential support and pastoral counseling to individuals, families and organizations with white-collar and other nonviolent incarceration issues.

After serving nearly 14 months for a crime committed during his career as a lawyer, Grant earned a master of divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York. He has served on a number of criminal justice related boards including Family ReEntry, Community Partners in Action, and Healing Communities Network.

He has also served on the editorial board of the book, The Justice Imperative: How Hyper- Incarceration Has Hijacked the American Dream, and on the advisory board of Creative Projects Group. 

He was the recipient of the Elizabeth Bush Award for volunteerism and the Bridgeport ReEntry Collaborative Advocate of the Year Award ’13, ’14 and ’15.

JustLeadershipUSA recognized Grant as one of 15 national leaders in criminal justice.

Lynn Springer 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. She assists women and families in finding ethical ways through faith and practical solutions to a new, sturdy, healthy way of life. 

She has served as curriculum consultant and essay reader at Friends of Nick, a NYC faith-based foundation created to build character and integrity in underprivileged inner city youth; as a member of the board of directors of Pathways; and on the board of the International AIDS Charitable Foundation.

She has served as a deacon at the Second Congregational Church of Greenwich.

The Kiwanis Club of Weston sponsors a variety of programs and events to raise money for local organizations. The club’s membership is open to all men and women residing or working in the area. For more information, visit



We are grateful for all donations to our Ministries that enable us to grow, reach out and serve this community for which there is far too little understanding, compassion and empathy.  Donations can be made by credit card/PayPal here, at the “Donate” button on on our site,, or by sending your check payable to: “Progressive Prison Ministries, Inc.” P.O. Box 1232, Weston, Connecticut 06883. 

Progressive Prison Ministries, Inc. is a CT Religious Corp. with 501c3 status – all donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Thank you for your support and generosity.


If you, a friend or a family member are experiencing 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.

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Progressive Prison Project/  
Innocent Spouse & Children Project

Rev. Jeff Grant, JD, M Div, Minister/Director
(o) 203-769-1096
(m) 203-339-5887
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Lynn Springer, Founding Advocate, Innocent Spouse & Children Project

(203) 536-5508

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

Jim Gabal, Development
(203) 858-2865

Babz Rawls Ivy, Media Contact