In addition to his decades-long career in real estate, Lew McGinnis has also been an outspoken advocate in the area of criminal justice reform. Through his work with Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries, he has helped former inmates in Oklahoma and throughout the country break the cycles of imprisonment and addiction.
One of the hidden costs of incarceration is damage to the family, and Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries reaches out to the children of incarcerated parents through its New Day Camp. Children with at least one incarcerated parent can attend these camps, which last less than a week during the summer, and spend time with other children in similar situations.
Much of the time at camp is spent in small group activities. During these activities, young people develop friendships and interact with one another. They also study Christian tradition through worship and spiritual activities. Group counseling and medical care are also available. For children who are unprepared for camp, Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries operates a camp store, where children can receive new clothes or shoes to replace missing, improperly-sized, or worn-out camping gear.