It shall be the purpose of Jewish Prisoner Services International
- Provide an international network for individuals and organizations serving Jewish
prisoners and their families;
- Share information and resources;
- Raise the consciousness of Jewish communities about the issue of Jews in prison;
- Encourage the participation of other individuals and groups, and support and reinforce
- Make Jewish educational, religious, cultural and spiritual resources available to
- Formulate guidelines of service to Jewish inmates and their families before, during and
JPSI is not a direct provider of financial assistance.
JPSI is not a direct provider of legal services.
JPSI functions as a resource center, clearinghouse, referral agency and conduit of
information and assistance.
[Approved unanimously January 9, 1989, at the Second
International Conference on Service to Jews in Prison, Washington, D.C.; Amended May 23,
1994, at the seventh conference of the International Coalition for Jewish Prisoner
Services, now known as Jewish Prisoner Services International.]
Potentials and possibilities for participation in prison
programs are numerous and varied.
As prison and jail populations continue to explode, more and more Jewish prisoners and
their families are in need of JPSIs chaplaincy services, which include: Visitation,
Counseling, Religious Rights Advocacy, Religious Materials/Judaica Supply, Religious
Education, Religious Holiday Programs, Anti-Missionary Assistance, Family Assistance,
Marriage Enrichment Seminars, Newsletters, Video/Audio Library, Pen Pals, Correctional
Staff Training, Post-Release Assistance, Community Liaison, etc.
JPSI particularly needs your help with the following:
Pen Pals - You can write to a lonely Jewish prisoner. JPSI will match you with
and instruct you about corresponding with one (or more) of hundreds of Jewish prisoners
currently on an international pen pal waiting list.
Religious Materials/Judaica - New or used Torahs, prayerbooks, Jewish
educational materials, other religious items and holiday supplies are always needed. As an
approved prison program, JPSI will send these items on your behalf to Jewish prisoners.
Visits - Individually or with others, you can visit imprisoned Jews in your area
on a regular or occasional basis. JPSI will sponsor you and instruct you about visitation
Families - In person or anonymously, you can assist a Jewish prisoners
family while their loved one is incarcerated. JPSI will instruct you and connect you with
one of many such families.
Mentors - You can help to guide a Jewish man or woman through the difficult
post-release period toward a successful transition into the community. JPSI will instruct
you and connect you with a Jewish prisoner prior to his or her release.
Ideas - Nobody in the corrections field has all the answers and your idea could
lead to a new program. JPSI is always looking for input from the community.
Contributions - Even if you are unable to do something in person, your
tax-deductible contribution will help defray JPSIs numerous expenses.
To get started with any of the above, please contact the JPSI office or fill out the form.