HOPE Offers a Solution that Works.


The Foundation of HOPE addresses the problem of recidivism by offering inmates support and direction both during their incarceration and after their release. Increased capacity to make responsible decisions helps avoid repeat offenses. Since 2002, HOPE has been providing a continuum of care through chaplaincy, pre-release, and aftercare services.

The goals of the program are accomplished through counseling, religious services, discipleship, practical resources and referrals, life skills education within and outside the jail, choice awareness training, and one-on-one mentoring. HOPE serves inmates regardless of their race, age, ethnic background, or faith tradition.


chaplaincy-iconChaplaincy Program

Addressing spiritual, emotional, and physical needs for all inmates of all faiths at the Allegheny County Jail and the Shuman Juvenile Detention Center.     Learn More >

pre-release-iconPre-Release Program

An interfaith, faith-based rehabilitative program in which inmates live together, learn new skills and values, and grow in their understanding of themselves and their choices.     Learn More >

aftercare-iconAftercare Program

Matching newly released inmates with resources, support groups, and mentors, who offer support, guidance, and practical assistance in making a healthy transition back into society.     Learn More >

Diversion Program

A voluntary pre-arrest/pre-booking program that enables non-violent, low and medium level offenders ages 12-26 to avoid the normal course of prosecution and criminal conviction. Learn More >