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Jim Liske
Jim Liske joined Prison Fellowship as Chief Executive Officer in July 2011; he was named President and CEO of Prison Fellowship Ministries in 2013. He assumed leadership at Prison Fellowship after serving as the senior pastor at Ridge Point Community Church in western Michigan.

During his nine-year tenure at Ridge Point Community Church, Liske was committed to prison ministry. Under his leadership, Ridge Point began a para-church organization that helps newly released prisoners deal with addiction recovery challenges, find employment and transition back into the community. The organization has a valuable partnership with the Michigan Department of Corrections—directly engaged with the Michigan Prison Re-entry Initiative—and has helped numerous former inmates with life after prison.

Since joining Prison Fellowship, one of Liske's areas of focus is building the church inside America's prison walls and empowering local churches to reach out to our nation's 2.3 million prisoners.

Liske grew up as the youngest of three siblings on a family farm in Michigan, where he gained a strong work ethic and a firm foundation in the Christian faith. He sensed a call to full-time ministry as a young man and in 1986 earned a master's of divinity from North American Baptist Seminary in Sioux Falls, S.D. Since then, he has led churches and organizations in the United States and Canada. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Denver Seminary in Littleton, Colo.

Liske is the husband to his wife Cathy, with whom he is raising two children, Allison and Joshua.

Entries by Jim Liske

Peace on Earth: A Call to Our Communities

(3) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 9:47 AM

At Christmas, despite the enmities and divisions crisscrossing our communities, we dream of the prospect of peace on earth. But as the 100th anniversary of an unlikely truce reminds us, peace isn't something we wish for or a slogan for a holiday card; it's something we build, one courageous act...

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Restoring Dignity to Criminal Justice

(2) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 1:43 PM

When he signed the 1994 Crime Bill, then-President Bill Clinton called it the "toughest and smartest crime bill in our history."

Since then, the violent crime rate has dropped, but it's not clear that the Crime Bill is responsible. A number of changes -- including improvements in policing,...

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When "Mom" Is Behind Bars

(2) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 12:29 PM

As we celebrate mothers in May, it pains me to remember that women are the fastest-growing group of incarcerated parents. Mothers of Bedford, a new, award-winning documentary in PBS's America Reframed series, explores the nuances of this difficult situation affecting mothers and families. Filmmaker Jennifer McShane spent four years following...

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The 50-Billion-Dollar Question

(1) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 8:18 PM

"Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society."

These words, attributed to Oliver Wendell Holmes, are carved on the outside of the IRS building in Washington, D.C. According to an analysis of Department of Commerce data, in one recent year, federal, state and local governments collected an...

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Over-Reliance on Solitary Confinement Is Inhumane, Counterproductive to Public Safety

(2) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 10:35 AM

Rick Raemisch, the new executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, volunteered to do something few would dare -- he spent 20 hours in "Ad-Seg," or solitary confinement, in one of his own prisons. He did it to better understand the effects of our national over-reliance on solitary confinement...

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