Prison Ministry


Rodney Griffin 

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Rodney Griffin is a husband, father, son and a Man of God.  Our mission is structured to encourage spiritual principals into our lives and community. Helping to protect, and support the civil rights of men and woman who have experienced discrimination through our Correctional Institutions, including those who are on parole in our community. Helping to free you from the physical and mental bondage our community encounters every day. If you or anyone you know feels you have been discriminated against in any kind of way. Please contact the NAACP website and our professional teams will address your problems.  Let’s not wait until something tragic happens, LET’S STAND UNIFIED, WE HAVE POWER IN PRAYER AND NUMBERS.


The Prison Branch Support Committee will:

1.       Work closely and directly with the members of their respective Prison Branch and the Regional Prison Coordinator.

2.       Maintain contacts with and report regularly to the Regional Coordinators.

3.       Build, cultivate and maintain positive relationships between prison officials, Prison Branch members and members within the local Branch.

4.       Solicit community organizations and businesses to establish a volunteer bank (teachers, writers, poets, businessmen, ministers, lawyers, policemen, judges, government officials, politicians, media personnel) to assist the Prison Branch in carrying out its programs.

Mike Clemente, 26, has been on probation for eight years. This election season, he is registered to vote for the first time, along with 200 other ex-offenders in New Haven, who were unaware they had this right.

Clemente filled out his registration form at the New Haven Probation Office, a small room situated on the second floor of a nondescript building on State Street, beside a Dunkin’ Donuts. The office consists of one two-way mirror, three brick walls and a semi-circle of plastic chairs, positioned for periods of waiting. This past Tuesday, Clemente walked through the lobby’s metal detector and up to the office for a routine meeting with his probation officer but was greeted instead by Melissa Lavoie ’12, who had stationed herself on one side of a folding table, armed with a box of pens and a stack of registration cards.

Lavoie had set up the stand as a representative of “Unlock the Vote,” the New Haven Re-Entry Initiative’s campaign to register former prisoners in the city. This was the program’s third drive in as many weeks.

By the end of the day, Lavoie had registered 53 former convicts: white, African American and Hispanic individuals — men and women. They wore Yankee hats and Patriots jackets, chains and necklaces, leather jackets and jeans. Some had dreads, others shaved heads.

Clemente said that he’d been on probation so many years that he assumed he couldn’t vote. Many of the other ex-prisoners who registered expressed similar sentiments.

To city officials such as New Haven Police Department Chief Dean Esserman, registration is a vital step in prisoner re-entry and reintegration in the city. Esserman said that he’s a “believer in punishment,” but also in the restoration of individuals’ rights once that punishment is over.

“In the constitution, cruel and unusual punishment has been interpreted as an indefinite sentence,” said Esserman. “In my view, taking away someone’s right to vote is equal to giving them an indefinite sentence.”


Greater Bridgeport

 Together we are going to make the Greater Bridgeport NAACP the place over the rainbow, where every person will have his dream life.

George Mintz


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  P.O. Box 287, Bridgeport, CT 06601

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