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Nat Strobel would have died had he not been incarcerated. By the time he was 21, he was a drug dealer, gang member, and a helpless addict.
But Nat changed during his federal prison sentence. He found God and miraculously walked away from gang life. With a new outlook on life, Nat threw himself into the various programs offered at his correctional facility.
“A large part of who I am today is attributed to the available programs I took while I was incarcerated,” he says. Programs that allowed him to earn his GED, enroll in college, and help other prisoners who needed vocational training. Today, Nat is on staff with Prison Fellowship®, continuing to help prisoners and former prisoners transform their lives.
“I can only imagine where I would be today if my choice of programs were much larger than they were.”
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There are more than 180,000 men and women in federal prison. This year alone, about 40,000 of them are coming home to communities all over America.
Many people in the federal prison system have worked to turn their lives around and simply want to regain the trust of the communities they are returning to, but it’s been nearly impossible for them to get the tools they need. Federal prisoners have limited access to transformative programming like substance-abuse treatment, literacy classes, and job-readiness training. With help and opportunities, people behind bars can go on to make important contributions. But when they aren’t prepared to succeed, they go back to the life they know, and public safety suffers.