Grace Goes to Prison

NOTE: The author of this book, Melanie G. Snyder, will be speaking with the Council’s Commission on Public Witness at a meeting in February.


From the Pennsylvania Prison Society’s ( Winter 2009 Correctional Forum:


Grace Goes to Prison (Brethren Press) includes wonderful stories about the work of The Pennsylvania Prison Society as seen through the eyes of Marie Hamilton, a long-time convener of the Official Prison Visitors Network. Hamilton chronicles more than three decades of Pennsylvania prison history and programs, the work and mission of the Prison Society, and how the Prison Society has served incarcerated men and women across the state.


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This is the story of an ordinary human being touching the lives of countless others through deep and abiding love…a reminder of the capacity we all have to influence the lives of others.

Kay Pranis, former Restorative Justice Planning for Minnesota Department of Corrections, co-author, Peacemaking Circles: From Crime to Community


This powerful story shows how persistent compassion melts cold hearts and reconciles enemies…even behind bars. An excellent resource for study and discussion.

Donald B. Kraybill, co-author, Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy


I had heard of Marie’s work long before I met her: the prison unit that didn’t blow up during riots because of her non-violence training program for inmates, her courage and compassion in working with people in prison. Now her inspiring story from small-town girl to justice advocate has been told, and told well. It needs to be heard.

Dr. Howard Zehr, Professor of Restorative Justice, Mennonite University

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