At the Philadelphia Detention Center, MCC East Coast supports the work of a peace worker in this minimum- to medium-security prison. The majority of the prisoners here are awaiting hearings in lieu of bail for crimes such as driving under the influence or burglary.
Ron Muse, of North Philadelphia, checks a chaplain request box for new letters. Muse works at the prison 10 hours a week, meeting with prisoners and leading a Bible study. Muse, by building relationships in prison and on the streets, is laying a foundation for peace in an area where arrests and addiction are common.
Muse walks with Henry Murray, an inmate, who often helps Muse with his duties. Across the U.S., MCC workers serve alongside local churches and church organizations, sharing God’s love as they carry out practical ministries of peace and justice. Muse’s position grew out of MCC’s connection with local church leaders who saw his passion and commitment for working with prisoners and urged MCC to partner with a faith-based organization, Crossroads Community Center, to fund his work in prisons and outreach in his neighborhood. Read more about Muse and his work in A Common Place magazine.