New Challenges & Hope for Children of Prisoners

G. Jeffrey MacDonald is an independent reporter based in Massachusetts. He's received seven national awards for his reporting on religion, which has appeared in such publications as TIME, Boston Globe Magazine and The Washington Post. His book, Thieves in the Temple: The Christian Church and the Selling of the American Soul (Basic Books, 2010), received third place for Religion Non-Fiction Book of the Year for 2010.

Project Overview:

America's 2.7 million children of incarcerated parents lost a major source of support in September 2011 when funding ended for Mentoring Children of Prisoners, a $49 million federal program that had begun as a Bush era faith-based initiative. MacDonald’s reporting explores how religious communities have responded to the loss of federal support, scrambling to ensure mentoring endures for a high-risk population. At stake in their urgent experiments is whether America's most vulnerable children will have stable adults in their lives to assist them through childhood and adolescence.

Visit the Project:
   THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR: A BUSH-ERA VICTORY IN CULTURE WARS: FAITH-BASED INITIATIVES

   THE CHRISTIAN CENTURY: LIFELINE TO KIDS: A SHIFT TO GROUP MENTORING

   CHRISTIANITY TODAY: WHEN DAD IS IN PRISON

   THE WASHINGTON POST: MISS AMERICA USES PLATFORM FOR KIDS OF PRISONERS

   EVANGELICALS FOR SOCIAL ACTION: ADDRESSING THE SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE