All tagged visiting prisoners
Volunteers, by the very nature of their willingness to come into prison, show that they are open to the idea that inmates are human, that they are seen as redeemable. Inmates quickly understand that outside visitors are ready to accept them on mutual terms of respect. That's not available in very many prisons.
Breaking bread with those who broke the law is healing - for them and for us. The men are hungry for human contact from outside the walls. In fact, research has shown that such visits help prisoners cope, establishing hope, inspiration and peaceful behavior. Out of those gatherings comes real human connection - both mental and emotional.