Turned Back Prison Ministries
This is a support group for ex-offenders who have found Christ in
prison and have turned back to glorify God by helping each other
in their re-entry into society. It is moderated by Chaplain John
Warrener, prison chaplain and pastor of Holy Hands Christian
Luke 17:11-19 (NLT)
As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the
border between Galilee and Samaria.  As he entered a
village there, ten lepers stood at a distance,  crying
out, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!"  He looked at
them and said, "Go show yourselves to the priests." And as
they went, their leprosy disappeared.  One of them, when
he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting,
"Praise God, I'm healed!"  He fell face down on the
ground at Jesus' feet, thanking him for what he had done.
This man was a Samaritan.  Jesus asked, "Didn't I heal
ten men? Where are the other nine?  Does only this
foreigner return to give glory to God?"  And Jesus said
to the man, "Stand up and go. Your faith has made you well."
Who is eligible?
|Anyone who has been incarcerated in Georgia prisons or
jails and has now re-entered society and would like be part
of a re-entry support group on the internet|
|Anyone who is active in prison ministry in Georgia jails
|Current or former prison chaplains|
How do I join
Click here if you want to create a yahoo email account
click here and send me an email and you will receive an
invitation to join using your own email account|
Turned Back Blog:
Living Under the Registry [for sex
offenders] by IS
I do live in Georgia near Atlanta. When released I met
with probation and they went over several pages of restrictions and only
gave a few of them to me based on the circumstances of my case. Many of the
sex offenders will have alot of these extra restrictions placed on them
especially if their case involves children.
I am not restricted from being around children as a condition of probation
but must abide by any restrictions involving work and living as covered by
the sex offender laws.
We had a meeting on Halloween at the court house, to keep us off the street,
and a member of the DA's office was present to discuss the laws and answer
questions. Her main point was "if in doubt ask someone". She was adamant
about us knowing first the conditions of our probation and secondly the sex
offender laws and any changes that may, and usually do, occur each year.
Although the DA's office can not speak to us if we are on probation, our
family and friends can speak to them to answer questions. We can and should
call probation or the Sheriff's office anytime we have a question on whether
or not we can do something.
The only thing that would keep someone from going to Wal-Mart, etc would be
if they are not allowed to be around children under 16. Again, always know
the conditions of probation. Everyone's case is different.
I personally do not have restrictions that keep me from going where I want
although I do keep an eye out to prevent me from putting myself in a
The DA also reminded us that the same laws that cover them also protect us.
There are some who have been run out of homes or neighborhoods because of
the registry. However, if we are threatened, harassed or someone comes on
our property they will be prosecuted if we file a complaint.
There is no law that makes us tell a landlord or employer about the
registry. Both of my employers were informed of my case and both still gave
me an opportunity to work for them. I still have a standing offer from the
first one to return anytime I need a job and my present job has lasted over
a year and a half and I am a supervisor.
The first place that I rented was a mobile home and I did inform the
landlord of my situation. All he wanted to know is if I was a threat to
others nearby. I now live in a home in a subdivision with an option to buy
and my contract is written in a way, approver by the Sheriff Department, so
that I would not have to move even if a daycare was moved next door. That is
why it is so important to stay in contact with those that monitor you at law
enforcement and probation. Find out how your probation officer, the Sheriff
department and the DA's office interperet the law. It's better to ask before
that have to explain in court. Make sure you understand the loitering part
of the law too.
The law that went into effect on July 1 about volunteering at church lead to
me having to resign four of my five positions their. It is currently under
litigation and if overturned then I can return to being active again. As of
now I can only attend services and functions but can not be actively
involved in serving.
It is not difficult to live under the restrictions once you get used to it,
especially if you are in an area where law enforcement is actually
supportive of you being successful. Many of the violations of the registry
laws seem small and harmless yet have devastating results of 10-30 years.
One example is someone moving from one county to another. They report at the
Sheriff department to register in their new county of residence but fail to
notify the department in their previous county that they have left.
Remember, the DA's only prosecute the violations of law, the legislatures
are the ones who make these laws and they will change every time they feel
like it will make political sense to do so.
I know this is long and I hope that it helped. Feel free to share this
information and let me know of anymore questions.
Challenges Upon Reentry by IS
I would have to say that it
was starting over, not knowing what direction to go in and not knowing who
was behind me and who was against me.
The next one was loneliness as I went into prison married and came out
As each day turned into weeks and then months I found that my fears were
unnecessary as our wonderful Lord opened doors were they were needed and
placed people in my path whom I could trust and who could give me direction
Learning to live under the registry [sex offender registry
and residence restrictions] is also difficult but not impossible.
The fear of not knowing what people will think if they find out is not
necessary. I have found that most, once they hear the situation, don't have
a problem with it as they see how I live my life, and those that do have a
problem with it don't need to be a part of my life. As I continue to
establish myself and show a good work and life ethics people tend to look at
that more than the fear that the registry creates.
There has only been one
person at my church who has a problem with me because of the registry and,
although someone tried to create problems at my first job out of prison
because of the registry, several ladies at work took to my defense even
though they knew nothing about my case. They told the others that they had
no business judging me as I have done nothing to them and they respected me
for the way that I worked and treated all of them. Being up front about the
registry when necessary is also helpful and has been surprisingly well taken
A search of my name on the internet will also show my comments on a message
board about the registry when the supreme court overturned the sex offender
registry last fall. [It was later reinstated.]
Hope this helps.
Greetings to my fellow brothers in CHRIST at Turned Back Group.
I pray that this message will bless you and encourage to keep
standing for Christ.
Jude 24 says, "Now unto HIM that is able to keep
you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of
HIS glory with exceeding joy." It is Christ who enables us to stand
and not of ourselves. For many of us who have recently left prison we
are constantly remind that we must ever be weary of the devil. That he
is there at every corner waiting to ensnare us in his traps and
One of my favorite verses is 'submit to GOD, resist the
devil and he will flee from you.' We are reminded to resist the devil
and he will flee from us but we fail to recognize the first part of
this verse which is to SUBMIT TO GOD. That is essential as well as the
first part. If we submit ourselves to GOD then the traps of the devil
can not easily beset us.
Trust me my brothers, I am speaking not from
head knowledge but from experience. The LORD dealt with me on this
very issue because I allowed my own desires for the flesh to take
priority over my relationship with GOD and the LORD lovingly chastise
me for it.
I had to spend 3 extra months in prison while my Mom
suffered from heart disease and diabetes. After my release I was
sentence to three to six months on house arrest. Every trap and
temptation that we allow the devil to ensnare us from our own devices.
We each know our strength and weaknesses. After 11 years behind those
razor-wire fences I know myself better then to allow myself to be
placed in any compromising position. Therefore, no bars, clubs, no
drinking and no casual dating.
This is not easy, but it is possible. Not of our strength but because
of HIS strength.
Another one of my favorite verse, Ephesians 3:20 say,
"Now unto HIM that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that
we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us." That
power, my Brothers, is the same power that shaped and molded the Earth,
the same power that woke each of us up this morning and this amazing
power dwells in every person who walks with the LORD.
It is the LORD
who empowers us and enables us to STAND. Those traps and temptation
will not engulf you if you guard who you 'hang with', how you spend
your time and where you go. And when those traps and temptations do
find you, please remember WHO stands for you, WHO empowers you and
most of all WHOSE you belong to.
My dear Brothers, now and in the
future because I am believing in GOD for the increase in newly freed
Men in GOD, I encourage you to trust in the LORD and seek HIS face
each and everyday.
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