Footsteps 104 - Prisons

Footsteps 104 features practical tips for getting involved in prison ministry and caring for ex-offenders.


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Visit to download a free copy, or contact us to order paper copies. 

Short guide to the revised United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners

This Short Guide summarises the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, which were revised by the UN in 2015. Available in English, French, Spanish, Amharic, Georgian, Kinyarwanda, Swahili and Thai. Visit to download a free copy. 

Roots 4: Peace-building within our communities

This book looks at conflict and reconciliation theory and gives the biblical basis for involvement in peace-building. It also contains many practical ideas for peace and reconciliation initiatives, with learning points from Tearfund’s partners. Visit to download a free copy in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, or contact us to order a printed version for £12. 

Inside Journal magazine

Inside Journal is a magazine published four times a year by Prison Fellowship. It provides information, encouragement and inspiration for prison inmates. Prison chaplains and volunteers in North America can email to order multiple copies. Alternatively, visit the website below to print a free copy and post it to friends or relatives in prison. A Spanish edition is available, as well as men’s and women’s editions in English. 

SEAN International

SEAN International provides theological education courses by distance learning. SEAN licenses or sells the courses to churches or organisations, who have run them in prisons in many countries with great results. The courses have been translated into 70 languages, including French, Portuguese, Spanish and Swahili. Subjects include an overview of the Bible and practical topics such as how to lead church services. The courses are easy to understand and accessible for people without higher education. Website available in English and Spanish. 


Useful websites 
Prison Fellowship International works in 120 countries and territories around the world. 
Contains a wealth of resources for working with prisoners, ex-offenders and the children and families of prisoners (click on ‘Resources’ from the menu at the top). 
Information and resources on restorative justice, including Bible studies and guides for starting a programme. 
A practical, fun toolkit for helping young children who have a parent in prison. Available in English and Spanish, online or as a mobile phone app. 
A work preparation course for ex‑offenders and other low-income learners, designed for churches to run. 
Penal Reform International is an independent NGO working to improve criminal justice problems worldwide. 
The World Health Organization’s resources on health issues in prisons.