Universal Beyond BARS

The United States stands in first place when it comes to the inmate population. About 2.4 million people reside behind bars here in the United States. However, there is a flaw in the system: recidivism. This problem takes place when ex-cons after serving their time return to commit the same or different crime and go behind bars.

The U.S. has a high rate of recidivism. According to a study by the Bureau of Justice Statistics between 2005 and 2010, 67.8% of prisoners were be rearrested within 3 years of release. Within 5 years of release, 76.6% of released prisoners were rearrested. More than half (56.7%) prisoners were arrested within the first year of being released. The prison system falls into a vicious cycle: arresting, judging, sentencing and releasing only to arrest again.

However, in spite of these statistics and against all the odds, Universal Beyond Bars (UBB) has been helping to recover people from this lifestyle. Through the donations of the congregants of The Universal Church, over 12,700 Bibles were donated to inmates only in 2017. The power of God goes beyond bars and can transform any life regardless of the circumstances. UBB reaches out to inmates by visiting them in prison and providing guidance, spiritual and emotional support. In many locations worldwide, it conducts meetings inside of the jail, where inmates hear a word of faith, and many decide to begin a new life. It also reaches out to the family of prisoners, who also live in captivity due to the emotional distress they face and the uncertainty of what the future holds. If you want to know more about the work of UBB in your area, visit The Universal Church near you and speak with the pastor.

I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.” (Matthew 25:36)

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Cinthia Meibach e Eliana Caetano

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