Alpha in Prisons


There are more than 10 million people in prison around the world. Our vision is that every inmate will have the opportunity to explore the Christian faith through Alpha.

Prisoners often experience a sense of loss and have a hunger to find purpose and meaning in life. Alpha can give them a chance to ask life’s big questions and find out about the Christian faith in a safe, informal and friendly environment.

Alpha is currently running in more than 900 prisons and secure facilities, in 50 countries.


"Prison can be a place of transformation, and Alpha for Prisons has proved again and again a means by which many prisoners have found transformation – new purpose, direction and faith. It is truly a remarkable work."

– The Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin

Bishop of Kensington, UK

"As followers of Christ, we are called to show mercy to those in prison. Alpha has proved to be a wonderful tool for the Church to take the gospel into prisons across the world."

– Bishop Grzegorz Rys

Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Kraków, Poland

St Martin’s Parish

See what happened when a Parish in Poland ran Alpha and then took it into their local prison.

Donna's Story

Donna volunteered to run Alpha in her local prison. She was amazed at how God transformed the lives of the guests...

Godgift's Story

Falsesly accused of murder, Godgift spent 19 months in a Nigerian prison - his life changed when he did Alpha.

Emmanuel's Story

Emmanuel was invited to try Alpha whilst in prison for his part in the Rwandan Genocide. 


Leandro's story

Leandro speaks from a prison in Spain about the changes Alpha has made to his life.


Alpha in prison offers...


Alpha has been attended by millions of people around the globe. In 2017, over 52,000 people experienced Alpha in all kinds of prisons. Resources and training materials are continually updated and made relevant for the prison context.


Alpha is sustainable because the local church carries the workload of planning, hosting and presenting Alpha, under the supervision of the Prison Chaplain. Alpha is run in full cooperation of the prison authorities.


Alpha volunteers are required to attend security training before they start to work in prisons. Alpha prison training is provided by our National Alpha Offices and the Global Alpha Prison Team in partnership with the prisons.

Get started

For reasons of security, it's vital that volunteers undergo
training provided by the National Alpha Office, 
and that each Alpha running in prison is registered.
Get in touch with Alpha in your region now:

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How to run Alpha in prison

1. Train

Your National Alpha Office will provide training for you and your team. 

2. Pray

Pray about your decision to run Alpha and for your local prisons.

3. Register

Make sure to register your Alpha with your National Alpha Office before starting.


Available resources


Alpha Film Series


Alpha Youth Film Series


Scripts for live talks