One lady I met at Federated Fellowship shared a verse or two from Isaiah 41 that mean a lot to her. I want to tell you that these verses are solid gold and relate directly to prison ministry.
I have called you back from the ends of the earth,
saying, ‘You are my servant.’
For I have chosen you
and will not throw you away.
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
I especially appreciate the last line of verse 9: "I have chosen you and WILL NOT THROW YOU AWAY." That is God's posture towards exiled Israel and that should also be our posture to the prisoner. The despair of the prisoner is replaced by the hope and restoration of God. Amen.