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 lives 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.



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

DeRoche joined Justice Fellowship 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.


Heather Rice-Minus
Director of Government Affairs

Rice-Minus serves as Director of Government Affairs for Justice Fellowship, the advocacy arm of Prison Fellowship.  She brings a wealth of experience in policy development and advocacy as a lobbyist on Capitol Hill. As staff lead on Justice Fellowship’s federal and state legislative strategy, Rice-Minus works with the faith community, think tanks, and other stakeholders to advance criminal justice reforms, including policies addressing sentencing for drug offenses, prison conditions, victims' rights and services, and reentry programming, among others.  Prior to joining Justice Fellowship, Rice-Minus worked as Director of U.S. Prisons Policy for the National Religious Campaign Against Torture and also spent a year in East Africa teaching English and volunteering in orphanages.  Rice-Minus was commissioned as a Centurion by the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview in May 2014.  She holds a Juris Doctor from George Mason University School of Law and is a member of the Virginia Bar.  She and her husband Paul reside in Southeast D.C


Jesse Wiese
Policy Analyst

Wiese joined Justice Fellowship 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.


Kate Trammell
Policy Associate and Caucus Coordinator

Trammell joined Justice Fellowship in July 2015. As policy associate and caucus coordinator, Trammell works to implement Justice Fellowship's state advocacy campaigns and organizes a caucus of state lawmakers and government leaders to advance restorative justice values. Before joining Justice Fellowship, Trammell worked as a magistrate for the Supreme Court of Virginia.  She is a graduate of the Liberty University School of Law, and is a member of the Virginia Bar.


Marcy Hefner
Executive Assistant

Hefner's expertise is vital to the budget, travel and general administrative goals of Justice Fellowship. 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 developing countries.

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