Prison Ministry & All That Jazz

Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola, is the largest maximum-security prison in the United States. “In Angola, life’ means life,” says Bill Moritz of The Navigators. “Only one in six will leave here alive.”

Though the vast majority of Angola’s 5,200 residents will never be free on the outside, Bill’s involved in The Navigators’ Prison Discipleship Ministry to help many become free on the inside—through a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Navigators are also getting creative in reaching more residents in ways that are relevant to Louisiana culture. This summer 600 prisoners were on hand for a Gospel jazz concert featuring 30 musicians from the J
amie Davis, Count Basie Orchestra, various universities, and the New Orleans jazz scene. A recorded version titled, Free on the Inside is expected to be available soon.

“You all have to come back and do this in the rodeo arena,” said Warden Burl Cain, referring to a larger venue. “You are the most fantastic group we’ve had here, and we’ve had superstars!”

For more information on PDM or the upcoming CD, e-mail

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