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PraisePhilly: Each year thousands of men and women are incarcerated in America. For those given life sentences or assigned to death row, prison will be all they know for a very long time. Most would think for those involved there can’t be anything to look forward to in prison but many inmates seem to find something that they have been missing their whole life … Jesus. Now I’m not saying every death row/life sentence inmate is without Jesus or even goes into prison looking to find him. But the amount of inmates who confess they’ve found Jesus while in prison is something that is impossible to over look.

If you google any form of the sentence “I Found Jesus in Jail” you’ll come across pages of stories about inmates who were converted while serving. But why? What is it about prison that makes even the worst criminals want to change?

Well for starters, with many prisons having to provide some sort of prison minister or chaplain, it’s not hard for inmates to be introduced to the spiritual life while serving out there sentence. The Pew Forum surveyed chaplains in 50 states and found that about three-quarters of the chaplains say that a lot or some religious switching occurs among inmates in the prisons where they work. Many chaplains report growth from religious switching in the numbers of Muslims and Protestant Christians, in particular.

Read the rest here: Jesus In Jail: Finding Jesus In Prison [Opinion]

One of the most infamous stories of an inmate finding God while serving time in jail is Stanley ‘Tookie’ Williams.

Stanley Tookie Williams III was a leader of the Los Angeles Crips gang . In 1981 Williams was tried and convicted for four murders that took place during a convince store robbery. He was sentenced to Death row.

Words by: Jessica Snyder

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