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This is why we do this!

This is why we do this! Meet Delia and the first woman to leave CR Inside at the new Folsom Prison Women's Facility. She is living proof God can move mountains and works in amazing ways through the ministry of CR Inside and help it become CR Inside Out. Thanks be to God for providing clothes, new shoes, a bed at a recovery home, a donated train ticket, and all the essentials so she can transition to her new life serving God.

Darlene Monroe
State Rep, CR Inside Northern California


An Ordinary Sunday

As I walk through the parking lot designated for “Visitors,” it hardly seems as if I am a visitor. Standing at the entrance I feel God take my hand and lead me into worship. Just like scenes played out all over the world, millions of believers gather at their places of worship, take that same walk to the front door, are greeted by fellow church members, and select a preferred seat. It is one I have taken for granted at every church gathering. For most of us that walk is free of even a passing look by outsiders, but for thousands of believers in the United States, the walk to the front door of their place of worship is an open act of courage noticed by each person they pass: It is noticed by armed officers, fellow inmates, prison staff, and volunteers. Each one is counted and recounted by officers, mental notes made by onlookers at the gates, who protect the front doors of this place of worship.

On a hot Sunday in August I and four other female prison volunteers who go “inside” several times a week, joined about 100 men for one of five Protestant services at Greystone Chapel inside the high security gates at historic Old Folsom Prison. We were invited guests and were welcomed as such, and I was amazed at the surprising contrasts between that place and my usual Sunday morning experience at church.

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