Prison Initiative


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Making Him Known Within The Walls

CIU Prison Initiative equips inmates for reaching people behind the walls with the message of Christ. Our students visit every male inmate that come through the SC prison system.

Since 2007, the Prison Initiative has graduated 203 student-inmates who have earned an accredited degree, and are assigned to 21 prison facilities in South Carolina. Over 50 graduates have been released with 5% recidivism. 26 graduates are pursuing higher degrees (BA and MA)

Each year, up to fifteen qualified inmates are selected through an application and interview process to participate in the two-year program taught by CIU professors. After graduation, they receive an accredited associate of arts degree in Bible and are assigned (re-located) to prisons throughout South Carolina where they become missionaries and ministers in the various facilities.

The annual budget is $200,000 — $5,000 per year per student. All students receive full scholarships. This program is 100% donor funded. This means that your gift makes an immediate impact, providing the necessary funding for student aid and program resources. All gifts are tax-deductible.


To give a gift, visit online or call CIU at 803-807-5006

Cash/Check Payable to “Prison Initiative” at CIU Advancement Office: 7435 Monticello Road, Columbia, SC 29203