Don’t give up. We can help you and your incarcerated spouse. Incarceration is Hard on Marriage. All married couples and their spouses know that. If you are one of these couples – we can help you just as we helped this couple and countless others.


Your face feels hot, your heart beats fast, and you feel all tight inside.  You want to explode at this person who has made you so angry.

To be human is to know anger.  Anger helps us to defend our rights and protect our freedoms.  Yet anger can also lead to physical and emotional violence, depression, even illness.

     We can learn to transform our anger from a weapon that wounds ourselves and others to a tool that promotes understanding and healthy relationships.  For six suggestions for dealing with anger, go to the Help Pages, and click on Current Topics.  That will lead you to Dealing with Anger.

Welcome to National Marriage Encounter Prison Ministry, Inc.

Marriage Encounter

Since 1981 our volunteers have presented our Marriage Encounter Program in State and Federal prisons more than 220 times. They have helped countless couples in the same situation as you find yourself in today. From these experiences we have produced a fantastic Guide Book called T.I.M.E. By Mail (The Inmates Marriage Encounter By Mail). This book will help you and your spouse feel like a united couple ready to plan for the future.

How can that be? Because this world-famous experience is a program that you give to each other. Read on.

T.I.M.E. by Mail

The full Marriage Encounter program is available to inmates and their spouses in book form.   This do-it-yourself format helps husbands and wives who are separated by incarceration to deal with improving communication, understanding themselves and each other, forgiving, growing in trust, praying together, and planning for the future.   If you follow the guidance the book gives you, and make its suggestions part of your lives, you will grow closer together.

Order the newly revised and enlarged edition of T.I.M.E. By Mail now. We have added 25 pages of new material to this edition, plus help for engaged couples.

For Engaged Couples:

At the end of each presentation and after the questions for married couples, questions are given for engaged couples.

In order to get the special price of $18.00 for 2 copies, have the outside spouse send a check or money order made out to NMEPM, Inc. and mail to: NMEPM, Inc., P.O. BOX 53583, Cincinnati, OH 45253 or Pay online

Be sure to include names for husband and wife plus full mailing addresses.  Don’t forget the inmates ID# and name of institution.  If both spouses are incarcerated, either spouse may place the order.

Probably the best self-help book on marriage ever written!

Order Now: T.I.M.E. By Mail

Incarceration is Hard on a Marriage

Any married inmate or their spouse can tell you that.   If you are one of these couples, and you’re serious about staying together and strengthening your marriage, National Marriage Encounter Prison Ministry can help. It is our hope to provide meaningful support while you are suffering the stress of incarceration.


  1. THIS WEB SITE: offers short segments of the Marriage Encounter program, plus support materials which enable couples to discover God’s vision of marriage, thereby leading them to a clearer understanding of their relationship with each other and with God.   For more information:   Help Pages ,  Marriage Encounter ,  Help Each Other  and  Going Home
  1. BOOK OFFER:   T.I.M.E. By Mail   (The Inmates Marriage Encounter by Mail).   The complete Marriage Encounter experience is in book form with presentations that were given by inmates and their spouses at a Marriage Encounter program in their institution.   For more about the book and ordering information:  Book Offer
  1. MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER PROGRAMS FOR CHAPLAINS:   To meet the needs of chaplains for our programs, National Marriage Encounter Prison Ministry has now produced the complete Marriage Encounter program on DVD.  Three DVD programs are available:  Marriage Encounter (2-day program), Tasting Marriage Encounter (one-day program), and Oasis (for inmates only).   We encourage you to bring awareness of our programs to the attention of a prison chaplain. If you’re financially able, talk to the chaplain and offer to purchase the Marriage Encounter and/or Oasis DVD programs. This is a gift that keeps giving over and over to strengthen the marriages and personal lives of inmates.   For more information:   Programs for Chaplains

About NMEPM:

Several married couples in Cincinnati, OH, and a chaplain from Lebanon Ohio prison, who experienced the benefits of the popular Marriage Encounter program on the outside, responded to the appeal of a chaplain at a federal prison in Lexington, KY to help married inmates who wanted desperately to save their marriages.   As a result, in 1981, the first Marriage Encounter was presented in a prison and National Marriage Encounter Prison Ministry, Inc. was formed as a non-profit, non-denominational organization.   Since then, our all volunteer group has presented several hundred Marriage Encounter programs in over 50 state and federal prisons throughout the U.S.  We are happy to now offer our complete programs on DVD.

Real Support. Real People.

What is Marriage Encounter?

Marriage Encounter is an enrichment program for husbands and wives.  Experienced by well over a million couples worldwide, this popular marriage enrichment program has been adapted to the prison setting.   Now you and your spouse can experience many of its life changing benefits via this web site.