The mission of Abe Brown Ministries is to break cycles of incarceration by helping to renew the minds of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated citizens, motivating them to change their behaviors and achieve purposeful lives. We do this as a compassionate demonstration of the Love of Jesus Christ.
We facilitate volunteer outreach (crusades) that offer spiritual renewal and life-building motivation to men and women inside correctional institutions throughout Florida. Through our transitional housing, family reunification, and comprehensive re-entry programs, Abe Brown Ministries complements the hope shared during these crusades with tangible opportunities for formerly imprisoned persons to live meaningful lives as productive citizens in our communities.
Why it matters
Hillsborough County ranks second highest in the state for the number of inmates admitted into prison, according to data from the Florida Department of Corrections. Approximately 2,000 prisoners are released to Hillsborough County each year. Without intervention and assistance, a number of them fall through the cracks of society and return to a life of crime.
How We Make a Difference
Our efforts are focused on those persons who were convicted out of Hillsborough County and now reside at a correctional institution within 120 miles of Tampa. Trends show that individuals often return to the same community where they received their conviction. This strategy allows us to authenticate relationships with those confined to these institutions, which is foundational when these persons are released.
Having served the prison population for more than 45 years, ABM is aware of the struggle that returning citizens face. Reentry has been described as a "rehabilitative journey in invisible handcuffs". Through our Ready4Work-Hillsborough program, we assist formerly imprisoned persons with re-entry into the community and professional readiness. Ready4Work motivates and moves individuals to become productive, responsible citizens within the community. Commitments and strategic partnerships with faith-based organizations, local businesses, community outlets and the judicial system assist in ensuring individuals transition successfully back into the community. Prison is not where our clients' stories end.
The war on drugs and mandatory minimums are examples of contemporary systemic approaches that fuel our country's prolific criminal justice and mass incarceration crisis. America comprises less than 5% of the world's population, but has 25% of all the prisoners in the world. What is the church and faith community's responsibility in facing and eradicating racial injustice in America and its criminal justice system?
As a faith-based organization, Abe Brown Ministries believes it has an obligation and responsibility to demonstrate that love conquers all, even in the criminal justice space! Our vision is to break the vicious cycles of incarceration that plague generations of families in America. Through direct client services, support and advocacy, Abe Brown Ministries frees people from the prison that surrounds their hearts, minds and souls. Together, we can transcend America being the number one incarcerator in the world!