Through cooperative arrangements with prison, probation, and
parole officials throughout the country, The Salvation Army plays a
growing role in prison rehabilitation and crime prevention. In some
jurisdictions, prisoners are paroled to the direct custody of The
Salvation Army. Services include Bible correspondence courses,
prerelease job-training programs, employment opportunities in
cooperation with parole personnel, material aid, and spiritual guidance
to both prisoners and their families.
rehabilitation centers are the trend in the field of corrections. Many
Salvation Army rehabilitation centers and Harbor Light Centers have
served as designated halfway houses where former prisoners can
participate in work-release programs. Those convicted of minor offenses
often are given the opportunity to aacept placement in community
service programs at corps community centers and institutions as an
alternative to incarceration, or in the last months of their sentences.
addition, Salvation Army officers and volunteers lead worship services
in jails and prisons. A national Salvation Army Correctional Services
Sunday is observed. Counseling and emergency assitance also are
available to crime victims.
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The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
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