Bio: Heather Rice-Minus, director of government affairs

Heather Rice-Minus serves as director of government affairs at Prison Fellowship, the nation’s largest outreach to prisoners, former prisoners and their families. She is a powerful, knowledgeable voice articulating the case for restorative criminal justice solutions.

As leader of Prison Fellowship’s policy staff, Rice-Minus directs lobbying, research and legislative campaigns on pivotal criminal justice issues at the state and federal levels. She also spearheads its efforts to build coalitions with advocacy groups, think tanks, faith-based organizations and other key stakeholders in Washington.

Rice-Minus has contributed to stories about criminal justice reform in outlets including Slate, CBN News, PBS’ Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, and World magazine. Though sought after for her wide-ranging policy expertise, Rice-Minus is also personally vested in justice reform as someone who has both been a victim of crime and walked alongside a family member during his incarceration.

A native of Virginia, Rice-Minus resides in Washington, with her husband. Prior to her tenure at Prison Fellowship, she managed advocacy efforts on behalf of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. She is a graduate of George Mason University School of Law and Colorado State University. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar.

Topics of Expertise:

  • Federal criminal justice trends and legislation
  • Overcriminalization, sentencing and alternatives to incarceration
  • Conditions of confinement, including solitary confinement and the use of restraints on pregnant prisoners
  • Juvenile justice trends and community-based alternatives for youth 


  • Member of the American Enterprise Institute’s Values and Capitalism Council
  • Volunteer attorney, Christian Legal Aid of DC
  • Colson Fellow, Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview
  • Past policy and legal work for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute and Kids In Need of Defense