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About Pathway to Freedom, Inc.

Pathway to Freedom, Inc. is privately funded and receives no government funding for its operation or staff salaries. The program cost is covered through donations and private grants. The Arkansas Department of Corrections (ADC) covers the same costs for PTF members as for all other state prisoners: living space, food, and security, etc.

Our Mission/Vision


Pathway To Freedom, Inc. (PTF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a Christ-centered holistic service program that provides educational, values-based, pre-release services to prisoners on a voluntary and non-compulsory basis, while preparing them to reintegrate into society and become productive citizens through the use of new and improved pro-social and life skills that will enhance family and social relationships, moral and spiritual development, and employment opportunities.
Men enrolled in the PTF Program In-Prison Phases live at the Wrightsville Hawkins Unit for Males, which has a 200-bed capacity.
PTF’s unique plan of restoration and progressive programming begins 18 to 24 months before an inmate is released. The program continues for an additional 12 months of mentoring and support once the inmate has returned to the community. PTF works with local churches, trained volunteers, and other service providers to support PTF members through mentoring, housing, employment, and other services to ensure a successful transition back into the community. Inmates volunteer for the program and must meet several criteria before they are accepted.

PTF stresses personal responsibility, the value of education and work, care of persons and property, and the opportunity for a new life.

PTF consists of three phases:
PHASE ONE focuses on the prisoner’s personal values and thought processes and encourages the development of spiritual and moral filters. A heavy emphasis on education, work, and support helps create a new foundation for productive growth. For qualifications, please see the: APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION
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PHASE TWO tests the inmate’s values system in real-life settings and prepares him for life after prison. Inmates may spend much of the day in on-site prison work programs or involved in the re-entry portion of the PTF curriculum.
RE-ENTRY SUPPORT PHASE
PTF members are released into the community and receive 12 additional months of support through local churches and trained volunteers. Support received consists of mentoring, housing, employment, and other services to ensure a successful transition back into the community.
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Our Leadership


Founder/Executive Director

Scott McLean is a graduate of Oral Roberts University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Literature and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy. In 2011, Mr. McLean became the Founder and Executive Director of Pathway to Freedom, Inc.Mr. McLean was employed with Prison Fellowship Ministries from 2000-2011, and served as Director of the InnerChange Freedom Initiative program (IFI), in Arkansas from 2006-2011. He served as the IFI Reentry Manager in Kansas from 2000-2005. In 2005, Mr. McLean served on the Reentry Subcommittee to Foster Prisoner Risk Reduction and Reentry under Kathleen Sebelius, the Governor of Kansas. Mr. McLean is an Offender Workforce Development Specialist through the National Institute of Corrections and a member of the American Corrections Association.
Program Counselor

Sid Turner studied at Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri where he majored in Biblical Studies and Counseling. He has been involved in ministry for 25 years. His involvement in ministry has reflected his passion for reaching the at-risk and marginalized population. He has served as pastor and associate pastor, as director of a Teen Challenge, a counselor for the Arkansas Boys Training School, as well as being involved in prison ministry at the Hospital for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri, at Tucker and Cummins in Arkansas, and at numerous county jails.
Office Administrator

Mary Mealler has served as Pathway To Freedom’s (PTF) Office Administrator since September 26, 2011, and for PTF’s predecessor, The InnerChange Freedom Initiative, beginning April 12, 2010. Mary’s extensive experience in the administration field includes for-profit, nonprofit, and public sectors. She is also a Licensed Minister with the Assemblies of God and is involved in the ministry areas of music, evangelism (specifically prison ministry), and teaching.
Board of Directors
Board Member Scott McLean (see above)

Board Chair Debra Hobbs; Ms. Hobbs and her family have lived in Benton County since 1985. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree, Science Composite Major from the University of the Ozarks, in Clarksville. AR; and a Masters of Education in Counseling from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR. Ms. Hobbs worked as an elementary school counselor. She served a term on the Benton County Quorum Court. She is currently in her second term as a State Representative where she serves as Minority Whip. Ms. Hobbs serves on Education, State Agencies and Governmental Affairs, Joint Performance Review, Legislative Council, Uniform Personnel Classification and Compensation Plan Subcommittee, and Chairs the Early Childhood Subcommittee of Education. She is an interim non-voting member of Health. Ms. Hobbs served on the Board of the Benton County Sunshine School for 16 years and was executive secretary of the board for much of that time. Ms. Hobbs serves on the Benton County Meth Task Force and is a member of Drug Free Rogers-Lowell Coalition.

Board Treasurer Clark McGlothin; Clark McGlothin earned a BA (History) from the University of Arkansas in 1976. He joined Family Construction Companies – C.B.M. Construction Co., Inc., W.E. Clark and Sons Masonry, Inc. and served as the President of C.B.M. Construction from 1981 to the present. Clark was saved in 1998. He is married to Cathy and they have four children. He is a private pilot and a musician. Clark served on the North Little Rock City Council from 1992-2000. He has also served on the Pulaski Technical College Board of Trustees, the Board of Directors of Camp Aldersgate, the President of the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, and on the Leadership Greater Little Rock, Homeless Commission, Board of Directors North Little Rock Boys and Girls Club. Rockin’ Gospel Bass Player – Friendly Chapel.

Board Member Tim Sullivan; Mr. Sullivan has a bachelor’s degree from Jackson College of Ministries, Jackson, MS. Since 1988, he has served as Youth minister, Associate Pastor, and Senior Pastor in various states. Tim was elected the Senior Pastor of Northside United Pentecostal Church in Fort Smith in January 2006. Since then, he has been active in jail and prison ministry as well as Chairman of Out4Life, River Valley Region B, which is a community of partners providing resources for individuals who are in the process of reentering society from incarceration. Tim is active in sitting on boards, committees and foundations in his, community, state and worldwide, helping develop the lives of people through the hope of Jesus Christ.

Board Member Austin Chatelain; Originally from Magnolia, Austin Chatelain is as graduate of the University of Arkansas Architecture Program and the architect and owner at Chat Arch, a Little Rock based Architecture and Construction company. Chat Arch is a full service contemporary architecture firm that also provides construction services for its residential clients. Austin has been involved in prison ministry through his church and has served as a mentor for Pathway To Freedom members since 2013. When not exploring architecture and working for his clients Austin can be found with his wife and two children.

Board Member Brian Wood; Mr. Wood resides in Bentonville and has been employed by Arvest Bank in the investments area for the past nine years. He is married and has two adult children. He actively participates in Keypoint Church in Bentonville and has been involved in prison ministry there.

Board Member Mike Ober; Mike started a career in retail with Walmart in 1972 and is currently a retail consultant. He and his wife live in Bentonville and have 3 adult children that also live in Bentonville. Mr. Ober was one of the founding board members of Returning Home, a Northwest Arkansas organization created to help men in prison being released reenter society. He is a member and deacon at First Baptist Church Bentonville. His relationship with PTF began in 2013 as a mentor.

Board Member Walter Hussman, Jr.; Mr. Hussman joined PTF’s Board on October 5, 2016.

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