Jail & Prison Ministry

 Promoting Restorative Justice

hands-barsOffenders and ex-offenders can be some of the most vulnerable members of our society.  Current criminal justice systems do not assist individuals to overcome the social and psychological challenges of either incarceration, or positive reentry into family and community life. Individuals released from jail or prison often return to their communities with no employment, home, or support system.

Through a vast network of volunteer mentors and support groups, Catholic Charities’ Jail & Prison Ministry program strives to prepare and support ex-offenders as they work toward positive re-entry into family and community life.  Mentors meet with offenders in prison or jail as well as after their release to provide the needed support to resist relapse into old habits and lifestyles.  The program helps ex-offenders establish positive relationships, experience healthy social activities, and connect with community resources that can aid in finding work, affordable housing, and meeting basic needs.

Jail and Prison Ministry program available throughout the Archdiocese, with Area Coordinators in Ames, Cedar Rapids, Dubuque (Program Headquarters), Marshalltown, Mason City, rural Northeast Iowa, and Waterloo.