Free Faith-Based Television Gaining Ground in US Prisons

Released on: September 4, 2008, 7:57 pm

Press Release Author: WDC Media PR

Industry: Media

Press Release Summary: A Trinity Broadcasting Network initiative created to impact
the nations soaring recidivism rates is gaining in popularity with correctional
officials. Launched in 2007, TBN Second Chance is a faith-based program designed to
give inmates a second chance to make good choices by providing positive,
life-affirming television programming around the clock. The program is fully funded
by TBN, the largest faith-based network in the world, and provides up to four
different channels for diverse inmate populationsalong with the equipment necessary
to receive themcompletely free of charge to correctional and rehabilitative
facilities.

Press Release Body: A Trinity Broadcasting Network initiative created to impact the
nations soaring recidivism rates is gaining in popularity with correctional
officials. Launched in 2007, TBN Second Chance is a faith-based program designed to
give inmates a second chance to make good choices by providing positive,
life-affirming television programming around the clock. The program is fully funded
by TBN, the largest faith-based network in the world, and provides up to four
different channels for diverse inmate populationsalong with the equipment necessary
to receive themcompletely free of charge to correctional and rehabilitative
facilities.

Corrections Corporation of America, the nations largest private prison operator, is
one of a growing list of enthusiastic participants in the TBN Second Chance
initiative. CCA is in the process of placing Second Chance programming into all 65
of its state, federal and juvenile facilities, a move that will impact approximately
75,000 prisoners across nineteen states and the District of Columbia.

In addition to numerous individual jails, prisons and juvenile facilities all over
the U.S., TBN Second Chance has finalized agreements with officials in Texas and
Florida to offer Second Chance programming in all of their state correctional
facilities. According to Alex Taylor of the Florida Department of Corrections, the
timing couldnt be better. At a time when budgetary limitations allow for fewer
program opportunities for inmates, the availability of 24 hour messages of hope is
an encouragement to all who work in corrections, he said.

Following success with TBN Second Chance in a pilot program, South Dakota prison
officials have indicated they will now institute the program in all of their state
facilities, while correctional officials in Ohio, Mississippi and South Carolina are
in the process of starting up their own Second Chance pilot programs.

Through Second Chance, correctional facilities can opt to receive up to four of
TBNs faith-based channelsincluding TBN, the nations most popular and most
requested faith channel; The Church Channel, which airs church services and teaching
programs from different denominations; TBN Enlace USA, which offers faith programs
from Latin American countries and the U.S., all in Spanish; and JCTV, the only
faith-based entertainment channel in the U.S. for 13-29 year-olds.

After JCTV was installed at his private juvenile facility in Texas, Executive
Director Dan Ytuarte said the effect was immediate and noticeable. Wow! What a
complement to our existing faith-based initiativeJCTV has opened many doorsto
change the lives of our young generation.

All four TBN Second Chance channels can be received with a Ku band satellite dish
and appropriate receivers, which are provided, installed and maintained free of
charge by TBN. But now, through new partnerships with Buford Satellite Systems and
Correctional Cable TVthe nations two largest providers of correctional
cableprisons and jails already using their services can opt to receive up to four
TBN Second Chance channels, which the companies have agreed to integrate into
existing channel lineups free of charge.

We are honored to have these multiple opportunities to offer the Second Chance
program to viewers who can truly benefit, said Amy Fihn, Director of TBN Second
Chance, its a unique tool for prisoners, one that can help bring them to a
healthier level emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. Our goal is not only to
provide help for inmates now, but to prepare them for future success when most of
them will re-enter society.

More information on the TBN Second Chance program is available at
www.TBNSecondChance.org.




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