Faith in the Big House

About This Episode

Faith in the Big House explores the formulas used by Christian missionaries to convert inmates. At a maximum-security prison farm in Louisiana, a group of Christian evangelicals conduct a carefully scripted religious retreat. Five felons, misfits handpicked by the Warden, join other inmates in this "Encounter with Christ".

Prison ministry leaders, including the late Charles Colson, insist revivals and bible studies radically reduce the number of inmates who are re-incarcerated. Those of the secular persuasion doubt their findings, favoring traditional rehabilitation and guaranteed results. Faith considers, who should be in charge of re-entry programs such as vocational programs and drug counseling? Will it be the new armies of faith-based volunteers? Or will the transition back to society remain in secular hands?