Prison Ministry

Vision and Goal of Prison Ministry.

Guided by the vision of the Diocese of Los Angeles, “Presenting everyone perfect in Christ” Col.1:28, Coptic Prison Ministry AKA CPM is focused on helping the incarcerated of the jail and prison systems across the nation to find their way back to Christ supporting them through their life of repentance inside and re-entry programs outside. 

In addition to serving the incarcerated, the department is also responding to the social and spiritual needs of the families of the icrarcetated in collaboration of local churches to elevate the burden resulted due to the absence of the incarcerated family member.

We train and supervise dedicated volunteers who present the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ and Hope to the incarcerated, through visitations, correspondence, recovery program, reentry programs, if needed, in addition to responding to their family needs.

Why do we serve them?

According to Matt 25, visiting an incarcerated is considered visiting the Lord Jesus Christ himself that would lead to inheriting the kingdom of God. Also, responding to the needs of the family of the incarcerated is regarded by the Lord Jesus Christ who had compassion on the widow of Nain. 

CPM partners with diocese/local churches to carry out this ministry of transformation and hope. The churches collaborate with CPM and other faith-based ministries, community organizations and corrections officials to ensure that, together, we can reach out to the incarcerated and their families with the best possible teaching, resources and support. 

Target Group

The Coptic Prison Ministry CPM directs its mission & services to:

  1. Incarcerated (inmates  لاحكام الجرائم and/or detainees  اللجوء) 
  2. The families of the incarcerated.
  3. The families of the victims.

Who are the incarcerated and their classification?

  1. Crime?
    1. Prison
    2. Jail
  2. Detention
  3. Juvenile  

Who is the volunteer for CPM

A volunteer is anyone who, without compensation or expectation of compensation beyond normal reimbursement, performs a task at the direction of and on behalf of CPM Program. 

A volunteer must complete an orientation and field training by CPM prior to performance of the task. 

Individuals under the age of 16 and interested to serve are required to have parental or guardian consent to become a volunteer and the assigned duties must meet the state’s child labor laws. 

Ex-Prisoners as Volunteers 

Former inmates may be accepted as volunteers, where such service does not constitute a breach in their responsibility to the Department of Parole and Probation, specially there is a background check. 

Volunteers are a valuable resource to CPM and those we serve. Volunteers shall be extended the right to be given meaningful assignments, the right to effective supervision, the right to appropriate information and participation, and the right to recognition for work done. 

Certification and Assignment 

Volunteer certification requires that all volunteers  follow certain steps be fulfilled: Details will be shared in training.

To Volunteer to the CPM Service please fill out the following form:

If you have a loved one incarcerated (Prisoned/Jailed), please fill out the following form to be able to serve Him/Her.