April 4, 2019

The goal of incarceration and community supervision has been redefined. The primary purpose used to
be incapacitating a person convicted of a crime until their sentence was complete, an approach that
inevitably led to high recidivism rates and wasted taxpayer dollars. But today, leaders across the country have come to acknowledge that 95 percent of the nation’s incarcerated population will eventually return to their communities, and a big part of ensuring public safety is preparing people for that transition.

April marks Second Chance Month, where programs like ours throughout the country will spread
awareness of the importance of reentry and celebrate the hard work they’ve done. These efforts—
which include creating access to employment, finding stable housing, and providing effective parole
supervision—all contribute to the complex fabric of successful reentry.

We still have a long way to go, but there’s more momentum than ever. Let’s not lose it. With the
research on what works to reduce recidivism expanding, and both sides of the political aisle advocating programs and policies that promote successful reentry, we’ve never been more equipped to make communities like ours safer and we’ve never been more prepared to support second chances.

Appalachian Pagan Ministry is rapidly expanding our reach, currently in 12 prisons in Ohio monthly (with 4-5 more starting), several in WV, 3 in Idaho and 3 in Arizona.  We are also branching into Oregon and working with another group in the Washington State prisons.   You can help us help make a difference in the lives of so many who will be reentering our communities. 

January 13, 2019

Let’s talk recidivism and why working to reduce the number of re-offenders in prisons is so important. Efforts to reduce recidivism for the probation population can have a greater impact than focusing only on people released from prison.

Potential Recidivism Events for People Released from Prison and Starting Probation in the U.S., 2015

People released from prison, 2015
N = 580,871
40% recidivism rate for people released from prison

232,000 Potential recidivism events for people released from prison in 2015

People starting probation, 2015
N = 1,957,400
20% recidivism rate for people starting probation

400,000 Potential recidivism events for people starting probation in 2015

In 2015, states spent more than $40 billion on prisons, or nearly 10 times the amount spent on community supervision, yet state probation and parole populations are three times the size of state prison populations.

The prison population in Ohio increased 14 percent between 2005 and 2015, which was the 11th-largest increase in the country during this period. In 2015, Ohio had the 13th-highest incarceration rate in the U.S. Ohio’s 6-percent decrease in the parole population was the 13th-largest decline in the country between 2005 and 2015. As the number of people on probation was declining, the number incarcerated in the prisons was growing.

Programs such as ours at APM, focus on building the community connection with those incarcerated, guiding the men and women we work with towards growth in body, mind and spirit, helping to ensure successful reentry. 95% of those currently incarcerated WILL be coming home.

“Today's offender is tomorrow's neighbor.” – Secretary Ralph Diaz

APM is continuing to expand it's presence in the Ohio prisons, and as such, our need for assistance from the community is rapidly growing.  Please view our "How You Can Help" page, follow us on Facebook and share our posts.  We currently have a fundraiser going to raise funds for filing fees and to ourchase a vehicle.  Any and all help is very greatly appreciated!!

December 10, 2018

We are thrilled to announce to addition of Paul Haas to our wonderful team of volunteers here at Appalachian Pagan Ministry. Paul will be leading our course offered on Satanism/Luciferianism offered to those we serve who follow that path or are interested in learning about it.

Paul (friends call him Wombat) is a practitioner of Modern Pantheistic Satanism and currently resides in Columbus, OH. He believes that Satan is the bringer of knowledge and Mother Nature is the source of all life. His goals are to bring greater understanding and embracing of the Left Hand Path community through open dialogue and education. When he's not hailing Satan, Wombat enjoys long hours with his extensive music playlist, beading, and astrology study.

November 2, 2018

As 2018 comes to a close soon, Appalachian Pagan Ministry continues to grow in their service. On November 20th, we will be presenting at Pickaway Correctional and continuing monthly service after that. In December we will be heading back to London Correctional, as well as starting at Southeastern Correctional in Lancaster. As of today, we are monthly serving the following facilities in Ohio:  Mansfield Correctional. Allen-Oakwood Correctional, NCCC, Chillicothe Correctional. Warren Correctional. Pickaway Correctional. London Correctional, Grafton Correctional, Dayton Correctional, SCI, and working to continue at OSP and SOCF, as well as starting at Toledo Correctional.  These are exciting times for the growth of pagan services behind the walls in Ohio, as well as in other states.

Mallory continues her work in Idaho, and Theresa her work in Arizona. With expansion in services, comes expansion in expenses.   Please view our "How You Can Help" page to see how you, too, can help with providing the much needed services to our fellow pagans currently incarcerated.

August 7, 2018

Without further delay, we have a major announcement to make. With the addition of our latest volunteer, and expansion in our onsite service areas, Appalachian Pagan Ministry has made some organizational structural changes.

First, we want to all welcome Teresa Honeywell-Carris to the APM team! Teresa is our man on the ground in Arizona and will also be adding the surrounding states. Teresa is our SW Regional Director. Stay tuned for all the udpated info on our website.

Mallory Brooks is now our NW Regional Director, handling Idaho now and starting Oregon soon, as well as surrounding states.

Donna Donovan is now officially Executive Director, with Teresa Galloway as Program/Development Director, and Shannon Hansen as HR/Volunteer Director. Donna, Teresa, and Shannon will still be focused on servicing Ohio, KY, WV, and other areas as needed. Angie Fawn, Kelyla Spicer, and Lady Althaea are still volunteering with correspondence courses as needed, and Ciel Luciole is just awaiting process to jump in with Ohio facilities.

This is an exciting time for us at Appalachian Pagan Ministry, as we are broadening our reach, in person and via correspondence, helping to facilitate religious services for our fellow pagans currently incarcerated around the country!