Resources & Links

Justice & Mercy is a nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to decreasing the effects of crime in our communities, increasing public safety, and ministering to and restoring both crime victims and offenders. We also network with and support other criminal justice organizations and encourage church and community outreach efforts by working to increase knowledge and understanding of criminal justice issues. Below you will find resources and links that help with many services like re-entry, transitional housing, rehabilitation & addiction treatment.

Re-entry & Transitional Housing:

The Potters House

A Transition to Community Ministry for Men


13 Brimmer Ave,
New Holland, PA 17557-1701
(717) 656-3222

The Gate House (for Men)

Community-based drug and alcohol treatment for Men


649 E Main St.,
Lititz, PA 17543
(717) 626-9524

The Gate House (for Women)

Community-based drug and alcohol treatment for Women


465 W Main St.,
Mountville, PA 17554
(717) 285-2300

New Person Ministries

Working with men returning to society from incarceration


P.O. Box 223,
Reading, PA 19607
(717) 777-2222

Teen Challenge

Rehabilitation center for mean and women struggling with chemical dependency


33 Teen Challenge Road,
Rehrersburg, PA 19550
(717) 933-4181

New Life for Girls

Helping women find a new way of living


Chestnut St.,
Lancaster, PA 17602
(717) 266-5614

Beth Shalom House of Peace

Provides a comprehensive Christian interim housing program for single mothers leaving prison


P.O. Box 1676,
Lancaster, PA 17608-1676

Restart Ministries

To change the lives of men and women with addictions and their families by introducing them to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, helping them process their past trauma and presenting problems in a healthy, productive way, and become positive members of society and train them to help others.


P.O. Box 153,
Strasburg, PA 17579-0153
(717) 304-3341

Pennsylvania Organizations working
for the fair treatment of prisoners

Pennsylvania Prison Society

Advocates for the human, just and restorative correctional system. Promoters of a rational approach to criminal justice issues.

Pennsylvania Innocence Project

Works to exonerate those convicted of crimes they did not commit and to prevent innocent people from being convicted.

ACLU of Pennsylvania

Seeks to end harsh policies and racial inequities in the criminal justice system.

Commonwealth Foundation

Transforms free-market ideas into public policies so all Pennsylvania is more effective at advancing the common sense reforms that our state so desperately needs.

Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM)

A non-profit, nonpartisan organization fighting for smart sentencing laws that protect public safety.

Justice Action Network

Brings together progressive and conservative partners to make our criminal justice system fairer, more efficient, and effective while ensuring public safety.

Equal Justice Initiative (EJI)

Committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.

Organizations & Resources local
to Lancaster County

Lancaster County Re-Entry Management Organization

Collaborative organization providing services and resources to groups working with ex-offenders in Lancaster County


The TEDx talk – Melanie Snyder, TEDxLancaster 2014 “Breaking out of Prison Thinking”

RASE Project

Provides a voice and body for the anonymous recovering community


131 E. Orange St.,
Lancaster, PA 17602
(717) 295-3080

Have a Heart for Persons in the Criminal Justice System

Advocates to improve Lancaster County Prison and our county criminal justice system so that they meet optimal rather than minimal levels of management.

Letters of Hope

Write to inmates in Pennsylvania state prisons and county jails

Lancaster County Prison

625 E. King Street,
Lancaster, PA 17602
(717) 299-7800

See who’s in Jail at Lancaster County Prison