One small box on an application can all but eliminate opportunities for men and women seeking gainful employment, housing, or loans after serving out criminal sentences. That box is the space on an application that asks if the applicant has been convicted of a crime or incarcerated.
Peace with Justice. Those words could be an empty, everyday slogan. Yet for 27 year-old Meagan Gaddis, Peace with Justice stood for something extraordinary—especially after her release from prison.
Earlier this year, Meagan penned a letter to express her gratitude for Exodus House, a temporary residential project for people who are re-entering society after incarceration. Exodus House is a ministry of the Oklahoma conference of The United Methodist Church and financially supported by the Peace with Justice grant program.
Gordon United Methodist pastor, Rev. Vance Ross has witnessed first hand how poverty and the lack of educational opportunities in the communities that surround his Nashville, Tenn., church feed the cradle to prison pipeline.