Prison Contacts

Current Resources for Prison Outreach

This page is a work in progress — it offers current available resources for those interested in prison outreach; by its nature, it will never be exhaustive.  If you have suggestions for things to add or would like to be involved in gathering additional resources, please email Chandra Hanson, Prison Outreach Liaison, at

If you haven’t yet done so, please take a few minutes to complete the Contemplative Outreach Prison Outreach Survey, which can be accessed here.  This survey was designed to support Contemplative Outreach staff and volunteers in identifying the strengths and opportunities related to Principles 3 and 12 of our Vision statement:  the presence of the divine in us is the permanent self-giving of God to every human person (3) and we are invited to make available the gift of Centering Prayer to everyone, particularly to the needy and the marginalized (12).  Questions have been designed to gain insight into what would assist volunteers who are, have previously, or wish to share centering prayer and the spiritual journey inside prison walls. If you have questions about this survey and how the information will be used, please contact Chandra Hanson, Prison Outreach Liaison, at

Learn more about Prison Contemplative Fellowship (PCF) and the partnership between PCF and Contemplative Outreach here.  Ray Leonardini and PCF may be contacted at or through their website,  They are able to offer materials for free if they are going to be used by prisoners.  Ray has written three books, two of which can be found in the Contemplative Outreach store:  Finding God Within and Going Inside. His third book is From Hiding to Healing.  One wonderful fruit of this partnership is a series of videos you won’t want to miss.  These are also available on DVD for sharing inside prison facilities.

More resources and info will be added to this page, so please check back soon!

Find Contacts for Prison Outreach

Prison Outreach is an on-going, integral part of the Contemplative Outreach family. This important ministry is committed to support volunteers and organizations willing to serve the prison population.

Support consists of consultation, resources and access to a central database of all prison ministry activities nationwide involving  Centering  Prayer. We hope to encourage and assist those interested in beginning a prison ministry or to provide connections between practitioners already in the ministry who want to share and learn together.

For a list of state correctional facilities with last known volunteer contact info, click here.

Prison Outreach Contacts:

Prison Outreach Liaison
Chandra Hanson

In Partnership with Prison Contemplative Fellowship
Ray Leonardini
Read the Article: Contemplative Outreach and Prison Contemplative Fellowship, A New Partnership

Mary Wyman – CO Chapter Coordinator
San Francisco CA- development of Prison Outreach Conference/Retreat.
Tel: 415 431 8590 E-mail

Pat Barnett – prison ministry
Hobby Unit- (women) Marlin TX, experiences with conferences and workshops
Tel: 512 347 9673 E-mail

Douglas La Plant – prison ministry
SCI Rockview, Bellefante PA
Teaching “A Pathway to Freedom” course to men.
Tel: 814 238 4522 E-mail

Rita Weick – Deer Ridge Correctional Institute
3920 E. Ashwood Road, Madras, OR 97741
Chaplain Ken Ball 

Book Review:
Find God Within, Contemplative Prayer for Prisoners
For More information and to order the book contact Ray Leonardini