The U.S. has a staggering 2.3 million people behind bars, but even this number doesn’t capture the true scale of our correctional system. 79,000 people from Ohio are behind bars today, but Ohio's criminal justice system is more than just its prisons and jails. 330,000 Ohio residents are behind bars or under criminal justice supervision. Today, Ohio’s incarceration rates stand out internationally. This is but one state.
This is why our work inside the prisons is crucial. We can not do this without the support of our community...the community these folks will be coming home to.
At the end of 2016, 1.5 million persons were under the jurisdiction of state or federal prisons or in county jails. A majority of these persons—close to 95 percent—will return to their community.
By facilitating the practice of the faith of their choosing, programs such as ours help those incarcerated to feel a
sense of connectedness to themselves and to their own actions. Thereby, these individuals are helped to develop a positive sense of self and a sense of responsibility for their own lives and towards others.
Appalachian Pagan Ministry
Appalachian Pagan Ministry is a pan-pagan ministry devoted to building an engaged, passionate, and spiritually fulfilled community of people from all backgrounds and faiths. We are devoted to engaging and impacting one another and others, believing it is our responsibility to set an example of service.
This is where we come to “walk our talk” and educate by example. It is the desire of this ministry to show that pagans of all beliefs and faiths CAN work together to serve the greater community. “You are what you do, not what you say you'll do.”----C.G. Jung
How You Can Help
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Please click Help APM to see how you, too, can help APM make a difference.