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2.2M men, women and juveniles are in custody in prisons and jails in the United States criminal justice system and over 700k people are working in the correctional field.
Prison is often a difficult and hopeless place, but now because of the Coronavirus pandemic, it’s become unimaginable.
The Coronavirus presents a particularly lethal threat in prisons for both staff and incarcerated due to confined and overcrowded conditions. In addition, this pandemic has caused an already disenfranchised segment of our society to become further isolated.
As state departments have closed correctional facilities to all outside visitors, including families and volunteers (pastors, teachers, speakers, etc.), these visits, which are lifelines of hope to those serving time, are no more.
“When you have visited those in prison
and the ‘least of these,’ you have visited me.”
To create a digital series of hope-filled, uplifting, Christ-centered content delivering messages of love and encouragement to individuals and families impacted by incarceration, as well as correctional staff.
Additionally, we endeavor to use this series to educate the general public to the challenges facing our criminal justice system.
Visitation 2.0 will feature music from top Christian and Mainstream artists, messages from nationally recognized speakers, and short clips of inspiration from professional athletes, celebrities and political leaders.
Capturing a broad audience including inmates, families, correctional staff, Visitation 2.0 will move everyone involved in the criminal justice system and beyond.
Working with partnerships including Prison Fellowship, the Global Leadership Network, God Behind Bars, Kairos, Alpha and others, episodes will be distributed to over 6,000 prisons and jails (including juvenile detention centers) in the U.S. and worldwide.
Event participants will be asked to record their video segments locally (ranging from an entire music set, a 4 to 10-minute message, to a 30-second inspirational clip) and then sent to a central location where they will be edited together to form the episodes.
Committed partners, performers & presenters
In just over a decade and a half, Josh Smith built a small service company into a $30 million enterprise with more than 180 employees. But for a 5-year period before that, he was incarcerated in federal prison for his involvement in marijuana and cocaine trafficking.
Since exiting prison, Smith has spent the 15 years actively serving incarcerated and the formerly incarcerated. Now, through his foundation, 4th Purpose, he’s working to make prison a place of transformation.
4th Purpose Foundation is the event’s main sponsor and will coordinate the collection, production and initial distribution of the series.
A Word From Josh Smith
SHARE YOUR WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT
How to Submit Your Video/Photo
1. Record a short video or take a photo on your smartphone.
2. Attach your video and/or photo to the easy to use form below.
3. Click/Tap submit!
Tips on getting a good video or photo:
- Feel free to use your smartphone and make sure to have your camera set up horizontally (to the side) NOT vertically (straight up and down)
- Find your light — ideally to your front, left, or right — and NOT behind you.
- Avoid noisy rooms and situations.
- Be yourself! These prisoners will be so grateful to hear from you.