Hope for men and women behind bars... Men and women behind bars have very special spiritual needs. Leading young people to the Word of God instead of crime or bringing comfort to a prisoner who is already a believer, these specialized Bibles are an integral part of any Prison outreach program.
The Christian Prison Fellowship helped Biblica to create this line of targeted outreach tools for use in prisons. Inject new life into your Prison Ministry with these paperback Bibles, New Testaments and booklets. Many are filled with testimonies from other prisoners as well as study guides to help new believers on their journey in His word. Here you will find our line of NKJV, NVI and NIrV Bibles, leaflets and booklets created specifically for Christian prisoners.
According to The Prison Fellowship, over half of the adults (male and female populations) currently incarcerated in US Federal Penitentiaries are unable read or write. Many of these people have less than a grade eight education. Only 41 percent have graduated high school or received a GED. This provides a unique challenge for prison ministry's in finding a text that is suitable and useable by their members.
Because the general reading level of inmates is so low, you must be sensitive when selecting a Bible translation version for your Prison Ministry. Here are a few suggested versions and the reading level that they are written for:
• New International Readers Version (NIRV) â€” grades 3 or 4 (6 to 10+ years old)
• Nueava VersiÃ³n Internacional (NVI) â€” grades 3 or 4 (7+ years old)
• New International Version (NIV) â€” grades 3 or 4 (7+ years old)
• Easy to Read Version (ERV) â€” grade 4 (9+ years old)
• New Century Version (NCV) â€” grade 5 or 6 (7+ years old)
• Contemporary English Version (CEV) â€” grade 4 or 5 (10+ years old)
• King James Version (KJV) â€” grade 4 or 5 (10+ years old)
• New King James Version (NKJV) â€” grade 4 or 5 (10+ years old)
You should also take into consideration if English is the reader's second language.
Yes, you should be able to take Bibles into a prison or jail. To be sure, you should arrange permission in advance to avoid disappointment. You can expect that the guards will want to inspect it closely for contraband.