The mission of BTL is to connect communities to prisons to reduce the recidivism rate (particularly that resulting from violent crimes), reduce the number of crime victims, and enhance public safety. The spiritual mission of BTL is to minister to victims and offenders in an effort to show them the transforming power of God's love and forgiveness.
Bridges To Life (BTL) is a restorative justice program that connects communities to prisons to reduce recidivism, enhance public safety, and save millions of taxpayer dollars. BTL empowers victims and rehabilitates inmates by showing offenders the impact of their actions. Over 25,500 offenders have graduated from the program and thousands of lives have been positively impacted.
Recent studies indicate a 14% recidivism rate for BTL graduates compared to the national average of 38-40%. In 2015, BTL has scheduled 125 projects in 65 prisons. With the help of over 550 volunteers, 4,600 inmates will graduate at a cost below $230 each.
Where We Work
What We Do
The impact of crime on society cannot be overstated. The impact on victims, their families, and the community is far-reaching, and includes a host of physical and emotional trauma and economic losses. There is an obvious need to reduce recidivism, thereby reducing crime, reducing victims, enhancing public safety, and saving taxpayers the significant costs of re-incarceration. BTL rehabilitates criminals, reduces the number of inmates who return to prison, and promotes healing for victims of crime. In addition, BTL is a faith-based program that reinforces ethical behavior and focuses on: confession, repentance, and forgiveness, and gives volunteer the opportunity to serve God and their community.