By Joshua Russell
“When was it that we saw you . . . in prison and visited you?” the righteous ones asked Jesus. Jesus responded, “Just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me” (Matt. 25:39-40).
Caring, ministering and praying for those who are in prison is something that many Christians over the years have felt called to do.
However, it is also important to consider who is in prison in this country and why.
The United States has 2.4 million people incarcerated in its criminal justice system.
This number is even more staggering when compared to the global incarcerated population: 25 percent of the world’s prisoners reside in the United States, a country with 5 percent of the world’s population.
Why is this?