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Friday, October 9, 2015

About Rev. Jeff Grant, JD, M Div, White-Collar Minister, Activist, Social Ethicist, Author, Speaker


 


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International Criminal Justice Themes
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About Rev. Jeff Grant, JD, M Div

White-Collar Minister, Activist, 
Social Ethicist, Author, Speaker



Jeff is the Minister/Director of the Progressive Prison Project/Innocent Spouse and Children Project, Greenwich-Weston-Bridgeport, Connecticut. He is engaging in new forms of prison ministries providing confidential religious & spiritual support to people accused or convicted of white-collar and nonviolent crimes and their families - before, during and upon reentry from prison.

They are "the first ministries in the United States created to support people accused or convicted of white-collar and other nonviolent crimes and their families."

After serving almost fourteen months in a Federal prison for a white-collar crime, Jeff was awarded a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, with a focus in Christian Social Ethics. 


As clergy, all communications with our ministry are strictly confidential (and thus approvable by white-collar attorneys).

Jeff sits on a number of Boards serving ex-offender communities, including Family ReEntry, Bridgeport & New Haven, CT; Community Partners in Action (formerly the Connecticut Prison Association), Greater Hartford, CT; Healing Communities Network, New York, NY; the Editorial Board of the book, The Justice Imperative: How Hyper-Incarceration has Hijacked the American Dream, Southport, CT; and the Advisory Board of Creative Projects Group, Los Angeles, CA (Kahlil Gibran's "The Prophet,"  2014 Cannes Special Screening).  Jeff was the recipient of the Elizabeth Bush Award for Volunteerism and the Bridgeport Reentry Collaborative Advocate of the Year Award '13, '14 & '15.  JustLeadershipUSA recognized Jeff as one of fifteen Leaders in Criminal Justice at its launch in NYC - the event was chaired by Piper Kerman of Orange is the New Black.

He has been the subject of articles in national media including Forbes, Absolute Return/HedgeFund Intelligence, Fairfield County Business Journal, New York Magazine, Weston Magazine Group, and others.
As an advocate for prison reform and criminal justice social ethics issues, Jeff is a requested speaker for charitable, religious, educational and public action groups.  

Notable speaking engagements: Main-Stage Presenter at The Nantucket Project (http://nantucketproject.com/artofsurvivingprison); interview at the prestigious Greenwich Leadership Forum (http://greenwichleadershipforum.org/article-list/jeff-grant-video.html) by host David Miller, Director of the Princeton University Faith & Work Initiative; workshop presenter at the Corrections Ministries and Chaplains Association (CMCA) Correctional Ministry Summit, Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College, IL; featured speaker at the Salons at Stowe, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford, CT (http:// http://ct-n.com/ctnplayer.asp?odID=10488); panelist at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York; panelist at Yale Divinity School; and various sermons and speaking engagements throughout the Northeast. 

Jeff is also the editor of the important and widely read blogsite, http://prisonist.org, at which he authors, edits and curates content around national and international criminal justice advocacy/ministry themes, including exclusive articles and guest blogs written by some of the world’s foremost experts in their fields. 


About Lynn Springer

 About Lynn Springer
Lynn Springer is the Founding Advocate of the Innocent Spouse & Children Project. As the innocent partner of a white-collar criminal, and a mother, Lynn is called to this ministry with a heart of compassion and understanding. She seeks with the Progressive Prison Project team to find ethical ideas for innocent families though faith and practical solutions to a new, sturdy, healthy way of life. Lynn’s concern for children and social justice for all people led her to several nonprofit Board and volunteer situations, including as curriculum consultant and essay reader at Friends of Nick, a NYC based foundation created to build character and integrity in underprivileged inner city youth; as a member of the Board of Directors of Pathways, Greenwich, CT, at which she advocated for the needs and care of the mentally ill; and on the Board of the International Aids Charitable Foundation, NYC. She is a long-time supporter of criminal justice/prison initiatives: Re-Entry Ministry, a faith- based halfway house for women in E. Bridgeport, CT, and Family ReEntry in Bridgeport & New Haven, CT, a nonprofit serving formerly incarcerated people and their families. Together with her husband Jeff Grant, Lynn co-founded the Fresh Start Garden of Hope - a Family Reentry project where ex-offenders helped to convert a blighted block in inner city Bridgeport into the largest privately owned public use park and garden in the State of Connecticut. As a woman of faith, Lynn was pleased to serve terms as Deacon and Senior Deacon at the Second Congregational Church of Greenwich, CT. She worked happily for over twenty-five years as a Creative Consultant in advertising, publishing, design and in the private sector in NYC, Greenwich and beyond. Lynn enjoys living and creating in Weston, CT. Her husband Jeff and her daughter Skylar, 17, are her joy and love.
 


If transformation and salvation matter to you, a friend or a family member in need, please contact us and we will promptly send you an information package by mail, email or via Dropbox.  Learn why the darkest days of a person's life need not lead to the end of that life.  Redemption and walking in the light have their own timetables.
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Rev. Jeff Grant, JD, M Div, Minister/Director
jgrant@prisonist.org
(o) 203-769-1096
(m) 203-339-5887


Lynn Springer, Founding Advocate, Innocent Spouses & Children
lspringer@prisonist.org 
(203) 536-5508

George Bresnan, Advocate, Ex-Pats
gbresnan@prisonist.org
(203) 609-5088

Jim Gabal, Development
jgabal@prisonist.org
(203) 858-2865

Babz Rawls Ivy, Media Contact
mediababz@gmail.com
(203) 645-9278   



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Donations

We are grateful for donations from individuals, religious groups, charities, foundations and the like. Donations can be made by credit card/PayPal or by sending your check payable to: “Progressive Prison Ministries, Inc.” P.O. Box 1232, Weston, Connecticut 06883. Progressive Prison Project/Innocent Spouse & Children Project are missions of Progressive Prison Ministries, Inc. We are a CT Religious Corp. with 501c3 status - all donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Thank you for your support and generosity.


If transformation and redemption matter to you, a friend or a family member with a white-collar or nonviolent incarceration issue, please contact us and we will promptly send you an information package by mail, email or via Dropbox. The darkest days of a person's life can be a time of renewal and hope.

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