As Maness so forcefully presents, religion is truly the greatest source for change in human history, and our staff chaplains facilitate that. Likewise, we came to see there would be little true cost savings, in that some staffer would have to take care religion in prison–it’s a right after all–and manage the good volunteers.
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Jerry Madden, Senior Fellow
Right on Crime – RightonCrime.org
House Committee on Corrections Chairman 2011-12
It seemed like all was lost. . . . Dr. Keith Bellamy
Senior Minister, Woodville Church of Christ
TDCJ Certified Volunteer Chaplain 15-plus years
Take a ride through Maness’ book and learn firsthand about reducing crime, rehabilitating lives, making our streets safer, and bringing hope to the least, the last and the lost just like Jesus commanded. The chaplain of the prison brings hope and light in what can be a dark and stressful place, all the more reason we need them.
Carol S. Vance
Former Chairman, Texas Board of Criminal Justice
Harris County District Attorney 1966-79
Every TDCJ chaplain and every chaplaincy manager owe the existence of their jobs to the efforts of a few unique individuals who rallied many to seek help from Texas senators and representatives.
Frank Graham, Founder
Chapel of Hope.org
Politically, the TDCJ chaplaincy was doomed. God used the courage of one man to turn that situation around. Thank you, Chaplain Michael Maness, for preserving this magnificent piece of important religious history.
Dr. Paul W. Carlin, LBT, Ph. D.