less victims, safer communities, restored lives.

513FREE actively works to break the cycle of incarceration by building Christ-centered relationships and programs for those who are: at risk of going, those currently in, and those being released from prison.

 

The Reality.

 

The cycle of incarceration is a difficult issue, especially in the United States.

We have the highest prison population of any country in the world. Over 2.2 million men, women and juveniles are incarcerated today, with nearly 5 million on either probation or parole. Each year, more than 600,000 inmates are released into the general public. Approximately 70% of all inmates released will reoffend within 5 years of being released.

When released, inmates move into our cities and our neighborhoods. Unfortunately, many struggle finding housing and jobs. Due to a lack of funding, in-prison programs have been cut or are rendered ineffective, as a result, many inmates lack basic life skills and often struggle finding normalcy.

Source: US Department of Justice and the National Justice Institute

The Solution.

There is a solution. We believe that the only true way to break the cycle of incarceration is through the freedom found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Studies have shown that with faith-based in-prison and aftercare programs, the odds of reoffending can drop significantly. Whether you believe in what we believe, if we're successful, our results benefit everyone.

513FREE offers comprehensive Gospel-centric programs for the incarcerated and those at-risk. Locally we offer a youth mentorship program (Tandem), and a reentry program for those being released from prison. Regionally, we offer music & outreach events, and regularly go behind the walls of prisons and juvenile centers. Lastly, we've created a national print publication called 'The Pen Project' that gives inmates opportunities to tell their stories through art and creative writing.

 
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Remember those who are in prison as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. - Hebrews 13:3 ESV

 

The Impact.

 
‘Thank you so much for taking so much time to work with Dylan. It was such an amazing opportunity that he had to work with you and I know that he enjoyed it. I appreciate you being open minded to taking on an “at-risk youth” from a detention center. What an opportunity. You are just so awesome. WHAT A BLESSING YOU ARE!!!!! Saying thank you simply doesn’t cut it...but that is what I am. Sincerely thankful.’
— Casey Velie (Eau Claire County, 180 Program Coordinator)
‘I would just like to write to let you know that not only did I enjoy your recent concert here at Jackson Correctional Institution, but it worked a miracle by bringing me to know Christ as my Savior. Your work and all that you do is appreciated.’
— Randy (Inmate)
‘To be honest, if it weren’t for my mentor, I would be in a lot more trouble.’
— Terrance (Youth Mentorship Student)
‘It is my hope that there isn’t a moment that goes by in any one of your lives in which you question whether you’re in the right place or doing the right thing. I can attest to the fact that you are changing lives. It is my prayer that you will continue to shine brightly the way that you do now because your music and your ministry truly draws people in. You are a blessing.’
— Jeremy (Inmate)