By Ian Giatti for The Christian Post
While dads across the country are set to celebrate Father’s Day with their families, many of them will mark the holiday in a detention facility.
An estimated 684,500 state and federal prisoners were parents of at least one minor child in 2016, totaling nearly half of state prisoners (47%) and more than half of federal prisoners (58%), according to government data.
The vast majority of parents incarcerated in a U.S. prison or detention facility — 92% — are fathers.
So this Father’s Day, Youth For Christ, a ministry focused on fostering Christ-sharing relationships with high-risk youth from juvenile offenders to teen parents, is looking to bring hope to those within prison walls.