From The Tribune staff reports
BIRMINGHAM — Prison Fellowship®, the nation’s largest Christian nonprofit serving prisoners, former prisoners, and their families, is presenting Jefferson County District Attorney Danny Carr with the 2021 Charles Colson Servant of Hope Award on Thursday, November 4, at The Church at Brook Hills, 3145 Brook Highland Pkwy in Birmingham. The banquet starts at 6:30 p.m.
The Charles Colson Servant of Hope Award is bestowed annually on a person who has brought the message of hope, redemption, and restoration into correctional environments. Whether as a prison administrator, policymaker, or volunteer, Mr. Carr has demonstrated servant leadership in changing the culture behind bars, making prison a place of renewal and second chances.
“We’re so happy to present this well-deserved award —named after the founder of Prison Fellowship—to Danny Carr for his incredible work in helping our returning citizens seek gainful employment in supporting their families and communities,” James Ackerman, President, and CEO of Prison Fellowship said. “Not only has Danny held numerous hiring fairs in the past few years—employing more than 500 returning citizens—he’s also an active speaker at our Prison Fellowship Academy at the St. Clair Correctional Facility. He’s an incredible asset to this community and a respected and admired mentor to hundreds of young people in Alabama.”
“Danny Carr has proven to be a leader that not only believes in the rule of law but also has compassion for those seeking to find a second chance after incarceration,” Jeremy Miller, Alabama Field Director for Prison Fellowship, said. “Danny believes in change and redemption and seeks to find ways to positively impact those affected by crime and incarceration.”
Miss USA Asya Branch will be presenting the Servant of Hope Award to Mr. Carr at the dinner. Branch is the current Miss USA and brings her first-hand life experience to the table as she fights for greater attention to humanity within the prison system. She wants all people to know that they are worthy of greatness.
At the age of 10, Branch had less than ideal circumstances during her childhood due to the incarceration of her retired military dad. Upon request, Branch will be available for a short time to conduct interviews. The media is invited to attend the event.
Prison Fellowship is the nation’s largest outreach to prisoners, former prisoners, and their families and a leading voice for criminal justice reform. With more than 45 years of experience helping restore men and women behind bars, Prison Fellowship advocates for federal and state criminal justice reforms that transform those responsible for crime, validate victims, and encourage communities to play a role in creating a safe, redemptive, and just society.