Latest Prison Statistics
- Approximately 156,000 adult inmates (18+ years old) are incarcerated in the Texas Department of Corrections.
- The average age of all TDC inmates is just 35 years old.
- Today, there are an estimated 2,341,320 people in U.S. prisons and jails.
- At the present rate of incarceration, it is estimated that one half of America will be in prison 55 years from now.
- To imprison one person for life (30 years) costs the taxpayer over $1,000,000.
- It costs you, the taxpayer, $16 billion per year to operate the U.S. prison system.
- The crime costs in the United States are $425 billion annually.
Stats on Children of Inmates
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, approximately 2.2 million children age 17 and younger have a parent in prison. That’s about 2.8% of all minor children in our country. A majority of the children with an incarcerated parent (58%) are under the age of 10 and the effects on their lives are profound. These children are typically impoverished and are behind in school. Up to 40% suffer neglect and physical abuse. All suffer from the social stigma of having an incarcerated parent. Seven out of ten (70%) children with family members in prison will follow the family tradition to a cell of their own.
- 1st time offenders without a relationship with Jesus Christ have a 70% chance of returning to prison.
- Offenders who accept Jesus Christ for the first time in prison have a 40% chance of returning to prison.
- Offenders who accept Jesus Christ, seek discipleship (regular chapel attendance, daily prayer & bible study & accountability), have a true hunger and active pursuit of God, have a 10% chance of returning to prison.
The above stats show that people need Jesus Christ. Please continue to pray for our ministry as we try to reach these inmates for Christ.
Matthew 25:34-40 (ESV), Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’