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Matthew 25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.


Jail house

Tens of thousands of innocent people are arrested and kept for days and weeks in jails even though they are not convicted of any crime.

People can be today arrested without a warrant or sworn affidavit and held in custody for days without bail. If they are the bread winner they are often incarcerated at great personal expense to their family. Many jails treat the detained innocent victim in conditions worse than prison. There accommodations are often worse than prisons where rooms are kept cold and floors and facilities are filthy. One night in jail can bring extreme discomfort. If you have to spend days it could be considered abuse.

We should not imagine that everyone who is in jail is guilty especially if there has been no trial.

If you are innocent until proven guilty then jails should treat you as if you were innocent.

Conditions

Personal

Observations and experiences

Isabelle's jail experience

Being a teacher in the prison system for 2 years I wanted to share a letter I received from a student in my class upon my leaving of the position. At the age of 19 he had already served 5 years of a 7-10 years sentence for the kidnapping and molestation of a young girl. I found him to be remorseful as he told me he had been loyal to the wrong people; father, elder brothers. This boy became intrigued by my behavior both towards staff and student. Without the ability to talk about God, I was able to talk about and demonstrate some of the Kingdom precepts; especially kindness. It can make a difference to somebody. Some of these kids are really searching and we need to be present.

To: Miss Evans,

Unfortunately, I am giving you this card because you will no longer be with us. I really do wish you could stay, but I understand that you must do what's best for your own well being. I'm reluctantly finding truth in the statement "Good things don't last long". You've been a much needed asset in this building. This facility is often occupied by gossip, anger, and emotional reactions. In spite of such, you managed to always respect and love everybody. And I (on a more personal level) you've managed to demonstrate and give great spiritual advice that is relevant and helpful in everyday life. You are truly a rare soul; one in a trillion. Not just this building, but the world needs more people like you. I know you will forever be in my mind because your short time here, left that big of an impression on me. Hopefully, this is not "good bye", but "see you later" (however long that may be).

Alternatives

If you do not comply with the guards orders such as failing to eat you can be put in a cell known as the hole. If you fast they will put you there here in Ontario, Canada. The hole is a small cell and has no windows and a covered window slot on the door. The lights are usually out so you can not read and there are no books anyway. The cell has a small toilette with no seat. There is no furniture or bed and the cell is usually colder than a regular cell. You are forced to wear baby doll pyjamas (a long dress). You sleep on the floor. You might get a blanket if you do not cause trouble or you may not. They provide one meal a day which is a pemmican type loaf. You get no visitors or mail until you get out of the hole.

Ministry

Alex Forbes

If anyone would like to write letters to HHC Pennsylvania PCM Alexander Forbes, imprisoned at Graterford, Pennsylvania please send an email to libertyfarmsiowa@gmail.com requesting Alex's current mailing address.

Alex is participating in a prison bible study group. Alex has received a spiral bound copy of "The Higher Liberty" by Brother Gregory, and is using it to teach during the bible study gatherings. All books or materials must be sent by a "book store" directly to Alex, not by an individual.

Alex continues to keep the HHC Living Network in his prayers.

liberty farms iowa 15:34, 13 March 2012 (UTC) Today I received Alex's written consent in his letter to me, dated 3-5-12, to post his mailing address for those that would like to correspond with Alex.

  • Alexander Forbes
  • KB 5406
  • P.O. Box 244
  • Graterford, PA 19426-0244

Do not send any addition items in the envelope with your letter, like self-addressed stamped envelopes or postage stamps, the prison mail room will return your letter if anything other than a letter is also included in the envelope.



George Raudenbush

NOTICE: In George's letter to me, Nitsan-Parach, postmarked 23 November 2012, he states, "I am being transferred to another facility in Tenn. so don't use my return address as I will probably not be at that address 30 days from now." (Mnitsan)


As of 26 March 2012 (Mnitsan)

If anyone has written letters to George Raudenbush in the past, be advised he has been moved to the address found below.

I'm assuming George was incarcerated at some point after(?) he'd elected Mike Cronkite as his PCM; but I do not know. Mike asked me, Nitsan-Parach, if maybe I'd visit him if I make it to Tennessee in my travels. As of the writing of this blurb, I have written Geroge and Geore has written back one time each; and depending on how the letter writing goes, someday when I make it to Tennessee, perhaps I'll visit with George.

For more on George's story, we'll all have to wait until there's been further postings on correspondence and/or visitaions by myself and/or others.

George has made it plain he does not mind that others write him, and so his mailing address is provided for those who care to correspond.

  • George Raudenbush Inmate #494809
  • South Central Correctional Centers
  • 555 Forest Avenue // P.O. Box 279
  • Clifton, Tennessee 38425-0279

Do not send any addition items in the envelope with your letter, like self-addressed stamped envelopes or postage stamps, the prison mail room will return your letter if anything other than a letter is also included in the envelope.



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Personal

Observations and experiences

Theory

Paying your debt to society

Being in prison does not pay debt to society. In fact it creates a great financial burden on society. Being in jail can cost tens of thousands of dollars per year per prisoner. That is not paying debt.

Prison is not recompense. It pays no one back. Instead of prison there should be recompense.


Matthew 14:3 For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife.

Matthew 25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Matthew 25:39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?


Matthew 25:43-44 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

Mark 1:14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,

Mark 6:17 For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife: for he had married her.

Luke 3:20 Added yet this above all, that he shut up John in prison.

Acts 5:25 Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people.

Acts 12:4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.

Acts 12:5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.

Acts 26:10 Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them.

1 Peter 3:19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;

Matthew 14:3 For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife.


Matthew 25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.


Matthew 25:39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?


Matthew 25:43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.


Matthew 25:44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?


Mark 1:14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,


Mark 6:17 For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife: for he had married her.

Luke 3:20 Added yet this above all, that he shut up John in prison.

Acts 5:25 Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people.

Acts 12:4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.

Acts 12:5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.

Acts 26:10 Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them.

1 Peter 3:19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;

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