Releasing the Captives Ministry
The Releasing the Captives Ministry was birthed (2010) in response to the glaring institutional injustice. The United States houses over 25% of those imprisoned worldwide. Although African Americans represent only 13% percent of the country’s population, they sadly represent over 50% of the prison population. The problem is systemic. The lack of quality education for minorities, unjust laws, and privatization of the judicial system continues to promote the cradle to prison pipeline.
The Releasing the Captives Ministry provides a monthly worship service for inmates. The ministry also hosts symposiums to educate, train and equip the church for advocacy around public issues regarding the carceral system. Pastor Bryant’s doctoral dissertation entitled “Impacting the Increasing Prison Population through Christian Literacy Programs,” helped launch the ministry’s focus on Christian literacy, reentry programs, job-placement and social support for inmates and their families.
During Covid-19, Pastor Bryant continues to provide ministry remotely, through taping recorded messages of inspiration for hope and enlightenment, for the men and women incarcerated at the Cook County Department of Corrections.
If you are in need of prayer for an incarcerated family member, would like to partner with our support group, or would like to serve in some aspect of the prison ministry, please select the “Join/Support” button above and register today. Also, if you have a family member who has been recently, or is soon to be released, please contact us regarding reentry and social service support.
Since 2015, the Releasing the Captives Ministry has baptized and led two hundred-thirty-six (236) men, of the Cook County Department of Corrections, to Christ!