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Charles Koch and the United States Prison System

An unfortunate court experience in 1995 had Charles Koch start studying the criminal justice system and how it is misrepresenting non-violent offenders. The United States prison system is in dire need of reform.

In essence, prisons are becoming overcrowded with more non-violent offenders than ever before due to…

07 Jan 7:06 PM 0 Read More...

Dear Friend and Supporter of MSCM

I am grateful that again this year, a generous, anonymous supporter has offered an incentive to encourage much-needed donations for the support of our work at MSCM – a need even more acute for the coming year given continued reductions in available funds from government sources and their increasing disinterest…

11 Dec 8:56 PM 0 Read More...

Cutbacks Do Not Hinder Work With Ex-Prisoners

Chaplain Peter Huish is confident that despite cutbacks to social programs by the federal government participation for engaging with ex-prisoners will remain strong.
The federal agenda is moving increasingly towards the isolation or “warehousing” of inmates and to decreasing funding for programs that have been shown to actually reduce…

01 Dec 12:13 AM 0 Read More...

Arlene Barker, Affectionately Known as "Barka"

Arlene Barker, affectionately known as “Barka” and “the all-rounder” passed away on November 4th 2014.  Barker was a founding member of MSCM, and member of the Steering Committee for many years.  It was through her efforts that Union United Church developed and sustained to this day a prison ministry…

17 Nov 1:18 PM 0 Read More...

Changing Our Perception of 'Compassion'

The 13th and 14th of November was Compassion Week in San Francisco. It’s part of a movement to make compassion a guiding principle in today’s business and pubic service. One would think that this was already a given, but this is far from the truth. There is a…

17 Nov 1:05 PM 0 Read More...