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Inside Out Jail Ministries, Inc. (ISO) is dedicated to assisting incarcerated jail residents transition from jail back into the community. ISO began operations in the Orange Co. Florida Correctional Facility (33RD Street jail) in April 2012. ISO was incorporated as a Florida not-for-profit corporation and granted tax-exempt status in January 2014 under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. ISO operates under a Board presently consisting of the Chief Executive Officer and Ministry Founder, the Ministry Co-Founder, and seven Directors.
How We Help
Our inside transition team works with each resident who requests assistance, gathering information needed for their plan. We work with and assist public defenders and social workers as well.
We provide a six-week educational experience inside the jail, entitled “Obstacles and Challenges in Transition.” Topics include criminal and addictive behavior, submission to authority, building trust, and setting goals. The participant will draft a 24/72-hour plan, designed to keep them on track and focused, once they are released.
We provide continuing education and spiritual development through Christian-based studies focused on recovery and transition.
We train spiritual mentors and pen pals to be available to the resident (if so desired) for spiritual growth.
We communicate and coordinate with families for support during the transition period.
We provide clothing to those in need at the time of release from jail.
We provide outside support during the transition. If a person is local, we will connect them with local resources such as a faith community and recovery programs for continued growth.
What is Inside Out Jail Ministries (ISO)
ISO is a 501(c)3 faith-based re-entry program dedicated to assisting motivated men and women incarcerated regardless of their religious beliefs, ‘be aware, and prepare, for their transition from jail back to their communities.
Life after incarceration is one of the toughest mountains past offenders must face during their transition. The first 24-72 hours are the most critical. ISO assists men and women by preparing them for their re-entry and providing an inside and outside support system so to help reduce them going around the same mountain. In helping to bridge the gap, we help to reduce recidivism.
ISO holds classes on the ‘Obstacles of Re-entry’ inside of the Orange County Jail that help with challenges inside and outside of jail, the first 24-72 hours after release from jail, and the place of residence during their transition. The classes offered consist of:
- Making positive decisions for life
- Help to set SMART Goals
- How to deal with temptation
- How to rebuild trust
- Develop a Release Plan (24-72 hour plan upon release)
- Employment Resources
ISO assists incarcerated men and women with placement into substance treatment transitional/residential programs. ISO does this by helping to coordinate phone interviews, submitting applications, and arranging transportation to these facillities. These aspects of our ministry are what differentiates ISO from other re-entry programs. We also work with Human Trafficking Victims.
ISO offers a Family Support Group to those who have a loved one incarcerated. We know even the familys’ experience struggles during this time. This group provides encouragement, prayers, and discussions surrounding the obstacles you face. Please contact us at: info@ISOJM.org for more info.
Our belief is if we assist and prepare families, this will continue to help those we have been working with inside jail as they transition back into their communities and remain out of jail as a vibrant member of their family and community.
ISO testimonial video