“Never deprive someone of hope —
it may be all they have.”

Hope for Prisoners offers a variety of training programs for its clients to build and strengthen skills necessary for employment readiness, leadership development and success
throughout the reintegration process.

Giving Hope


HOPE for Prisoners gives hope to those who feel that all has been lost.

“Prior to prison I was making choices because of other people, not for myself. One day I woke up and I am here and I am changing my life. It’s giving me hope, a different perspective on life, a positive outlook.”
– HOPE for Prisoners Graduate

who we are


Hope for Prisoners assists with reentry by providing the formerly incarcerated long-term support and services as they work to reclaim their lives,  families and standing in the community. We give them hope. Hope changes lives.

Founder Jon Ponder found himself returning to his community after spending time in prison and experienced firsthand the same challenges most face when they are released. He realized there was a lack of long-term support and guidance for those who learned from their mistakes and had a genuine desire to change the direction of their lives. From his personal experience and his passion to help those facing the same challenges he overcame, HOPE for Prisoners was born.

The success of our clients is the result of their long-term commitment and relationship with their mentors. What makes Hope for Prisoners different from other organizations is its partnership with local law enforcement. This helps clients to understand the role of law enforcement in the community. This understanding helps clients overcome their fear of police and build respect for law enforcement.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department


The unique relationship that is shared between LVMPD and HOPE for Prisoners that began with an initial volunteer group of seven officers now includes a team of over 60 members of the department who train and serve as mentors for the men and women we are privileged to serve when they come home from incarceration.

Reimagining Reentry


Hope for Prisoners serves individuals released from Federal and state correctional facilities, local jails and rehabilitation centers as well as those currently participating in special court programs.

Law Enforcement Partnerships
HOPE for Prisoners has built a strong relationship with local law enforcement and many members are active participants in the program. He has also established deep ties with potential employers, service providers and community leaders that play a vital role in the success of our clients.

Mentoring Programs
Mentoring is key to success. Mentors commit to stand by their client and help them find solutions to the challenges they face during the reintegration process. Clients have a positive influence that may not have existed for them in the past.

Producing Results
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas Center for Crime and Justice Policy performed a study of prisoner reentry in Nevada and the Hope for Prisoners program over an 18-month period.


What We Do


Hope for Prisoners commits to helping people successfully reunite with their families and reenter the workforce and our community.

We work to empower the formerly incarcerated and their families create a successful future built on developing character and leadership. Our support of those fighting for a second chance strengthens our community. This includes extensive training and access to resources for essential services like housing, medical services and spiritual guidance.

Who We Serve


Hope for Prisoners serves individuals released from Federal and state correctional facilities, local jails and rehabilitation centers as well as those currently participating in special court programs.



Living Hope

  • Words are powerless to express my gratitude. I learned more than I ever expected to before coming to what I thought was a program but it utterly moved me. I am so thankful I was picked for this amazing journey. That is putting it lightly. I have been sharing and advertising it to everyone I talk to! Some of them being my final goodbye's, because Erica is on her new path to following her dreams...

    Erica A Graduate
  • It was great. I am working full time as a cook thanks to Mr. Ponder and HOPE for Prisoners. Thank you so much.

    Mike L. Graduate
  • My name is Jason and I graduated HOPE for Prisoners in early summer of 2017. It was a great experience and I learned a lot about myself and gained the tools I needed to better myself! Hope for Prisoners taught me to hold my head up and that I may have made a mistake but I'm not the mistake I made nor do I have to persecute myself for it and that I can move forward in life and I do deserve good things in life. Its been over a year and a half and now I am a subcontractor and just recently bought a house and a new Harley Davidson! But the best part is that I pay my child support every month and I have a relationship with my oldest son and if my kids ever need me I am stable and can provide them with what ever they may need as young adults! I dont think it could of been possible without Jon D. Ponder, Jackie Doyle, and Hope for Prisoners!!

    Jason V.
    Jason V. Graduate
  • Hi my name is Tiffany and I can successfully say HOPE for Prisoners has changed my life. They gave me the mindset, the tools and the confidence to better myself and my life and keep reaching for the stars. Thank you HOPE for Prisoners for believing in me when I didn't believe in myself.

    Tiffany C Graduate
  • I want to express my gratitude to Jon and the entire HOPE for Prisoners team. I graduated in early 2013 after serving 8 years in the Federal system. My self confidence was down. I felt lost until I did the re-entry program. It felt good to have support from the staff when I wasn't sure what my next step was. The tools provided were exactly what I needed for a jump start back into the workforce. I was sent in a direction for employment which then empowered me to move on to better job later on. Fast forward to today...I bought a condo, bought my car and am a full time employee. I have not re-offended nor will I ever, thanks to the early help of HOPE. I love Jon and his commitment to make a difference in our lives. We are still friends 5 years later and I have recommended this program on several different occasions. Great group of people at HOPE. Thank you all!

    Cheri E Graduate
  • HOPE has really changed my life. A new way of thinking and choices. I can't say enough good things about the organization. This is the only program that helps people change their lives.
    Brigitte W. Graduate
  • HOPE for Prisoners has given me the opportunity to build a strong and solid foundation with the community. My children, friends and I want to thank them personally for all their support changing lives one day at a time.

    Joshua M. Graduate
  • HOPE helped me find a job that gave me self respect and independence. I recommend this program to anyone with a background, and that is willing to start over.

    Robert M. Graduate
  • Hope for Prisoners gave me optimism, positivity and hope.  The definition of I am Hope-integrity, accountability, motivation, honor, optimism, perseverance and excellence.  I use it in my everyday life. Hope gave me the tools to present myself and be confident during interviews.  They taught me how not to be frightened by my past because it does not define me.  As a believer I know that I can succeed.  I used to think my past defined me but Hope for Prisoners helped me know that I can do all things through Christ and that I am what I say I am, because it lines up with what God says I am.  Everyone there is so supportive.   The social workers, the instructors the administrators and the mentors are always there for me. The weekly Huddles are just like a ministry to me.  It’s just like food to me.  I go there hungry and the speakers give such powerful words that amazingly encourage my mind and soul even as old as I am.  I have learned so much through the power of the words coming forth from the speakers over my life.  I thank God for Hope for Prisoners, because God works through it restoring and transforming lives, just like it did for me.

    Patrice G.
    Patrice G.