Who We Are

Justice Fellowship was founded in 1983 by Chuck Colson.

We are an outgrowth of Prison Fellowship, Chuck's ministry to prisoners. As he worked to help prisoners transform through the truth and power of Jesus Christ, Chuck realized that a second emphasis was also needed: transform the injustices within our criminal justice system.

 



Our mission is to reform the criminal justice system so communities are safer, victims are respected, and offenders are transformed.

Want to know why we are so passionate about championing criminal justice reforms according to the principles of restorative justice? Check out our statement of faith. Justice Fellowship operated as an independent nonprofit organization until 2001, when we became a department within Prison Fellowship Ministries.

Quality research and successful campaigns for reform have earned respect for Justice Fellowship in capitals and courthouses across the country. Through decades of faithful service, we have made significant contributions to restoring justice across the nation.

 

OUR TEAM

Craig DeRoche
Executive Director of Justice Fellowship and Senior Vice President of Prison Fellowship Ministries

DeRoche joined JF as Director of External Affairs and was named Vice President in 2012 and then President in 2013. He is the former Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives where he negotiated two state budgets in excess of $43 billion, led a staff of over 400 employees and oversaw multiple departments. His expertise is in overcoming addiction, criminal justice reform and alternative sentencing.

Chris Shank
Executive Director of Network

Shank has been a member of the Maryland General Assembly since 1999, most recently sitting in the Senate since 2011. He served on the House Judiciary Committee for 6 years and since his election to the Maryland State Senate, he has served on the Judicial Proceedings Committee for 3 years. Shank was the House Republican Minority Whip from 2006-2010. His policy specialty areas include public safety and criminal justice reform. He has successfully passed reform legislation including: Swift and Certain Sanctions, Earned Credit Compliance, juvenile Swift and Certain Sanctions, domestic violence and victims rights reforms. Shank is he task force chair of ALEC's Justice Performance Project, the MD State Senate Chair of ALEC. He attended Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University for undergraduate and graduate studies respectively. He has been a member of the First Christian Church of Hagerstown for 15 years and has served as a deacon, elder, and church board member there. Shank has been married for fifteen years and has three children.

Dave Louden
Chief of Staff

Louden manages federal and state legislative policy initiatives concerning criminal justice reform for JF. A native of California, he served as a chief of staff for two California legislators, political consultant, and was Director of Government Affairs for a construction trade association made up of over 500 companies. Louden oversees all Justice Fellowship day-to-day operations and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Heather Rice-Minus
Senior Policy Advisor

Rice-Minus brings a wealth of experience in policy development and advocacy as a lobbyist and policy expert on Capitol Hill. She is staff lead on all policy matters and manages JF's efforts in federal and juvenile legislative reforms and was previously Director of U.S. Prisons Policy for the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. She holds a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law and is a member of the Virginia Bar.

Jesse Wiese
Policy Analyst

Wiese joined JF in October 2012 and brings a wealth of personal experience to the Justice Fellowship team. In January 2000, Wiese was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment. During his incarceration, he completed his undergraduate degree with honors from Moody Bible Institute. After his release, Wiese was hired by Prison Fellowship as a Reentry Specialist where he established community support groups, coordinated with Iowa Department of Corrections in recommending treatment alternatives, and developed mentor training programs. Wiese left that position to pursue a law degree at Regent University, where he graduated magna cum laude. Wiese is responsible for adult criminal justice reforms in the states and developing policy and legislation that reflect the principles of restorative justice. His expertise is in reentry, policy, prison culture, alternative sentencing, collateral consequences, and restoration of rights.

Elisabeth Boehm
Communications Coordinator

Boehm is staff lead for web-based and new media assets and is responsible for launching our new website. She manages social media engagement, drafts correspondence, blog content, and edits proposals. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Patrick Henry College.

Marcy Hefner
Executive Assistant

Hefner's expertise is vital to the budget, travel and general administrative goals of JF. Working with other divisional teams, she coordinates the needs for various projects. Prior to joining Justice Fellowship, Hefner worked as a Paralegal/Corporate Records Manager at a Northern Virginia IT Corporation. She volunteers her vacation time to organize and serve on short-term medical missions trips to third world countries.

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