The Knights are one of the oldest orders in the Church—founded in 1048—and though they have always been concerned with social issues, their entry into prison ministry is relatively new; and it is one we heartily pray will be very successful.
One page of their prison ministry section of their website introduces their goals.
• To provide Mass and other religious services for prisoners.
• To provide religious instruction to prisoners, especially through the Right of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) program.
• To recruit and train volunteers to visit prisoners and/or help in other ways; i.e., corresponding as a pen pal.
• To provide the prisoners with religious materials, such as Order of Malta Bibles and Prayer Books, rosaries, other books, magazines, and materials.
• To inform the public and legislators of needed reforms in laws and practices.
• To improve the public perception of people who are imprisoned.
• To support halfway houses and foster employment opportunities for prisoners after they are released.
• To work with families of prisoners to offer them hope and support at a difficult time in their lives.