Franklin Sanders on Jailhouse Ministry 2016

Originally published on Feb 13, 2014

[CAF Note: We are moving up this Solari Report and making it public in support of Franklin’s request that donations in Susan’s memory be made to the prison ministry at Christ Our Hope Church. I want you to know about the extraordinary work that Franklin and Susan have accomplished with their prison ministry. They and their family have invested enormous time and resources in making sure that no one person in their area of Tennessee feels left behind. That every man and woman has a pathway to build a decent life – no one is to be left behind, treated as expendable or called “deplorable” – all are human who are worthy of God’s love and can contribute.]

“The angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said,

Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.”  ~ Acts 5:19-20


By Catherine Austin Fitts

Every week, Franklin Sanders, in his capacity as Presbyter of Christ Our Hope Church in Westport, Tennessee leads a team from the church congregation to the local jail in Lawrence County, Tennessee to minister the gospel.

Franklin’s experience in tending spiritually to people in the local jail is of great importance to each and every one of us.

As automation and globalization has reduced manual labor jobs, the United States as a matter of policy has shifted many of the people who used to fill those jobs into prison.

I have described the early years of this policy in my online book, Dillon Read & Co. Inc and the Aristocracy of Stock Profits. If we look at the complete package of policies that has resulted in America having the highest documented incarceration rate in the world, what emerges is an economic and enforcement model that is frightening in its implications.

The question for each one of us is, “what can I do?” At the heart of taking action are questions regarding what it takes to help people rebuild – including people who have given up, lack skills and good habits or have a record of hurting others. What is involved in a person rebuilding their humanity, their character, their skills and their local economies?

It takes great faith to walk into the middle of a county jail to begin.

Franklin joins me this week on the Solari Report to talk about his jailhouse ministry and connect the dots between rebuilding people and rebuilding local economies.

We will also post my Money & Markets on Thursday, so please post your questions for Ask Catherine.

In Let’s Go to the Movies, I will review The House I Live In, Eugene Jarecki’s documentary about the war on drugs and how it has created the explosive growth in the US prison complex.