Objectives of Prison Preaching

In 1962, Srila Prabhupada wrote the following as one of the goals of his League of Devotees (the precursor to ISKCON): 'To take charge of moral upliftment by spiritual process even for the criminals and prisoners of state, and to accept all kinds of help and facilities from the police and government concerned'.

In the same year, when Srila Prabhupada visited Tihar Prison in New Delhi, he wrote to the superintendent Sri Puri, that "if you give me the chance to speak to all the members of the jail, it is quite possible for me to turn them into ideal characters."

Prison preaching around the world thus ultimately aims to provide opportunities for inmates to practise Krishna consciousness and improve their spiritual life.

Details

ISKCON Prison Ministries (IPM) assists ISKCON devotees who have been visiting prisons and helping inmates for many years around the world. IPM is trying to expand and co-ordinate this mission in North America and beyond.

The Ministries' preachers counsel and inspire inmates who are trying to become Krishna conscious. IPM has been successful in getting Srila Prabhupada's books to inmates who want them in many countries. The Ministries' programmes in prisons feature chanting, distributing prasadam, and studying and distributing Srila Prabhupada's books. Some inmates quickly become vegetarian and understand that Lord Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. As inmates refer other inmates to Krishna consciousness, the network expands.

Plans

To place Srila Prabhupada's books in prison libraries worldwide; to start The Freedom Journal, an international newspaper for inmates; and to give inmates an opportunity to follow a correspondence course on Krishna consciousness.