December 9, 2014

Named for Chuck Colson, federal panel looks to reform prisons

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Former Rep. J.C. Watts, Jr., (R-Okla.), far left, speaks during the kick-off of a Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections on Tuesday (Dec. 9, 2014). Watts will serve as chair of the panel with former Rep. Alan B. Mollohan, (D-W.Vir), center, as vice-chair. The event was hosted by Rep. Frank Wolf, (R-Vir.), far right, and Rep. Chaka Fattah, (D-Pa.), not pictured, the chair and vice chair respectively of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, which led the effort to create the task force. Religion News Service photo by Lauren Markoe

Former Rep. J.C. Watts, Jr., (R-Okla.), far left, speaks during the kick-off of a Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections on Tuesday (Dec. 9, 2014). Watts will serve as chair of the panel with former Rep. Alan B. Mollohan, (D-W.Vir), center, as vice-chair. The event was hosted by Rep. Frank Wolf, (R-Vir.), far right, and Rep. Chaka Fattah, (D-Pa.), not pictured, the chair and vice chair respectively of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, which led the effort to create the task force. Religion News Service photo by Lauren Markoe

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WASHINGTON (RNS) A new federal panel to reform prisons is named for Chuck Colson, the former "evil genius" of the Nixon administration who went to prison and then founded what would become the largest prison ministry in the nation.