Prison Fellowship International (PFI) is a global association of over 100 national Prison Fellowship organisations.
PFI is active in every region of the world with a network of more than 50,000 volunteers worldwide working for the spiritual, moral, social and physical well-being of prisoners, ex-prisoners, their families and victims of crime.
These national Prison Fellowship organisations are indigenous, volunteer-based and trans-denominational. As a non-governmental organization (NGO), PFI maintains "special consultative status" with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC ) and is an active participant in the UN Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. PFI also works with national governments to bring aid to needy prisoners. Recently, PFI partnered with the Swiss government to distribute millions of dollars worth of medical goods and supplies to prisoners around the world.
PFI provides its affiliates with:
programme development and consultation
communication and marketing materials
Prison Fellowship was founded in the United States in 1976 by Charles W. Colson. Three years after the formation of Prison Fellowship in the United States, representatives from similar organisations in England, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the Bahamas met to form Prison Fellowship International as an association of national Prison Fellowship organisations. The purpose of PFI was to develop and serve national Prison Fellowship organisations.
Since 1979, Prison Fellowship International has grown to encompassnational PF organisations in over 115 countries around the world. Most of this growth has occurred under the leadership of Ron Nikkel, the President of PFI, who for more than 25 years has traveled throughout the world promoting and supporting the organisation's work. PFI is now the world’s largest and most extensive association of national Christian ministries working within the criminal justice field.