House Committee Honors Chuck Colson’s Legacy

The House Appropriations Committee approved legislation that would establish a new “Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections.” The bill would direct $1 million to the formation of this nine-person panel, intended to address challenges in the federal prison system including overcrowding, violence, public safety, prison rehabilitation and employment programs, reentry programs, and recidivism reduction.

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), who led this charge as Chairman of the House Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Subcommittee, stated, “Chuck made arguably one of the biggest impacts on prison reform following his own incarceration, and his kind heart, strong Christian values and committed work will live on through the Colson Task Force at a time when it’s needed most.” 

The late Colson, who died last year, was imprisoned for his role in the Nixon-era Watergate scandal.  Christ transformed his heart in prison, and he left a powerful legacy for the Kingdom, particularly through Prison Fellowship, Justice Fellowship, and the Colson Center for Christian Worldview.

Rep. Wolf continued, “Our prisons are overpopulated, dangerous, expensive and violent, but by channeling Chuck’s impactful work and focusing on the differences made through his Prison Fellowship and Justice Fellowship, we are bound to see positive change in our prison system.”

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: July 26, 2013