09 October 2020
The States of Jersey Prison Service (SoJPS) is inviting prisoners and members of Jersey’s Christian community to take part in Prisons Week, a campaign which raises awareness of crime through focused services.
For more than 40 years, Prisons Week has celebrated the work undertaken by the chaplaincy and highlights the positive support available in prisons.
The nationwide campaign which is run by Christian and other faith groups aims to raise awareness about the impact crime has on families, victims, prison staff, and prisoners.
The second Sunday in October marks the beginning of the week of prayer each year and this year the theme is ‘United in Lockdown’ in light of COVID-19, which focusses on how prisoners live with restricted freedom every day.
The SoJPS Chaplain, David Cahill, will be leading the morning thoughts on BBC Radio Jersey while also leading chapel services with Reverend Henry Le Ruez.
Churches across the Island have been encouraged to remember those who have been affected by prisoners.
Head of Reducing Reoffending, Lesley Harrison, said: “We are pleased to be part of this national campaign, which will raise awareness of the impact of the Prisoner Services within our community.
“We are extremely proud to be supporting the hard work of our staff and many volunteers involved with charities in the Island who work in partnership with us to support offenders returning to the community, their families, and victims of crime."