Universal Beyond Bars
Rikers Island is the biggest jail complex in New York City, it’s able to accommodate up to 15,000 prisoners. It is also known as the most dangerous facility. According to researchers, approximately only 1,500 family members and friends of the inmates on Rikers Island visit their loved ones. An estimate of 10,000 people is sent to jail every day.
Reality in the society
What is alarming, is the high number of youths that are incarcerated. Some of their families even have the good financial condition, but a lack of attention from their parents, instigated an anger inside of them and they ended up killing someone or choosing the wrong path. On the other hand, there are those who don’t even know their parents and those who grew up seeing crime as something normal at home, and now, they have the same lifestyle.
The good news is that there is a way out for them. Every month, pastors and volunteers of the Universal Beyond Bars – a group created by The Universal Church to help the inmates and their families, go to Rikers Island, to visit young inmates between the ages of 18 to 21. During this time, the inmates are able to speak to the volunteers, receive a prayer and write down prayer requests.
The work of UBB carries acts voluntarily, inside and outside of prisons. It has been increasingly important and useful in the search for a just and less violent society. UBB uses the Word of God to set them free from within themselves, from the thoughts that incarcerate them.
* If you have someone in prison, jail or juvenile and you would like us to visit them, visit The Universal Church nearest you and we will do our best to reach out to them.