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The Inside Circle Foundation

The Inside Circle Foundation (ICF) is a not for profit organization (501c3) dedicated to the inner personal growth of men in prison. The goal of the ICF is to create environments in which prisoners can work and explore the issues in their lives that have prevented them from living up to their full potential as human beings. In these environments the ICF primarily utilizes self-help discussion groups and creative writing techniques such as journaling, autobiography, and poetry to achieve the inner development necessary to become healthy contributing members of our society.

The Lionheart Foundation

The Lionheart Foundation distributes the book Houses of Healing to prisoners and operates the National Literacy Project. The NELP for Prisoners, Lionheart's first major and ongoing project, gives incarcerated men and women throughout the United States powerful rehabilitative resources to help them interrupt life-long patterns of violence and addiction and start building productive lives. Taking a proactive stance in the face of an expanding prison population and a trend toward eliminating rehabilitative programs, Lionheart is committed to playing an integral part in redefining our nation's prisons as places for healing and rehabilitation.

360 Degrees

An educationally oriented site that includes a broad spectrum of resources for educators, students, activists and others interested in criminal justice policy and practice. The site offers a comprehensive approach to the problems presented by prisons in our society including a listing of organizations, stories told by prisoners, opportunities for dialogue and a glossary.

The Fortune Society

Staffed primarily by ex-offenders, The Fortune Society is a not-for-profit community-based organization dedicated to educating the public about prisons, criminal justice issues, and the root causes of crime. We also help ex-offenders and at-risk youth break the cycle of crime and incarceration through a broad range of services.

Prison Fellowship

Prison Fellowship (PF) is a Christian ministry responding to the needs of prisoners, ex-prisoners, victims and those affected by crime. Prison Fellowship International (PFI) is the global association of national Prison Fellowship organizations. The purpose of each national PF organization is to work through the Christian community to mobilize outreach and ministry in response to the needs of prisoners, ex prisoners, victims, and their families as well as to advance the application of restorative justice principles within the criminal justice system.

The Freedom Project (Non-Violent Communication)

The Freedom Project began with two individuals, one inside prison and one outside, both inspired by the power of Nonviolent Communication to transform prisoners into peacemakers. They held the conviction that returnees (those returning to the community from prison) have the capacity to offer genuine safety and strength to our ruptured communities. The Freedom Project was founded in 2001 to provide trainings and support for those who have been incarcerated to recognize and grow beyond past mistakes and to find their way home as full contributing members of our community. We have ongoing programs in two prisons in Washington State at the Monroe Correctional Complex. We introduce inmates to the basics of Nonviolent Communication through 2-day workshops and offer more extensive 3-day theme-based trainings in areas such as. anger, reconciliation, etc. Our curriculum also emphasizes the practice of mindfulness.

InsideOUT Writers

The mission of InsideOUT Writers is to teach creative writing to incarcerated and at-risk youth so as to discourage youth violence, building in its place a spirit of honest introspection, respect of others, and a love of learning. We publish the best of that writing and distribute it to schools, libraries, juvenile detention facilities, the government, and to the general public.

We believe that inside each young person, no matter who they are or where they grow up, is an important message to be shared. At the writing table, kids who might ordinarily be enemies on the street and think that they have nothing in common, are able to take off their tough facades and discover the truth about themselves and others--from the inside out. Our classes are held in Central Juvenile Hall. also known as EastLake, in East Los Angeles; Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall in Sylmar; Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey, William Tell Aggeler High School in Chatsworth, Dorothy F. Kirby Center in Los Angeles, and East Los Angeles Skills Center in East Los Angeles. We reach approximately 120 students with our classes each week. Our students join our classes on a volunteer basis and receive school credit for their involvement.

Mankind Project International

The Mankind Project International designs and administers men's initiation weekends around the world. These weekends are a finely coordinated series of activities: group discussions, games, guided imagery visualizations, journaling, and individual work to help each man to touch his truth. The experiences and skills developed on these weekends and in follow-up groups support men in living lives of integrity, accountability, and connection to feeling. MKP assists men in being of service to the community at large, both as individual men with a renewed sense of passion and personal responsibility, and as communities of men working together to build sustainable relationships. Prisons are one setting in which men can benefit from the type of work offered by MKP.

Prison Creative Arts Project

Founded in 1990, the Prison Creative Arts Project is committed to original work in the arts in Michigan correctional facilities and juvenile facilities. Our purpose is to enhance creative opportunities for inmates and to bring the benefits and skills that come with each art. We have worked with prison actors, writers, and performers to create two dance performances, over one hundred and thirty-two original plays, and over fourteen creative writing presentations at seventeen adult facilities, as well as over eighty-five plays and three dance performances at four Michigan juvenile facilities. We have also curated six Exhibitions of Art by Michigan Prisoners and three exhibitions of art by incarcerated youth from four juvenile facililties.

Project Return

Dr. Robert Roberts founded Project Return under the principle that violence, if preventable, should be a public health issue. Through the intervention of community-building and direct service provision for the needs of former offenders in breaking their repetitive cycles of drugs, criminal behavior, and violence, Project Return's goal was to reduce crime without doing further harm. Concentrating its efforts on those at highest risk for returning to prison, the program seeks to break the cycles of criminal and violent behavior through a process that assists convicted felons in making a successful transition from prison to the community and into employment.

Vipassana Meditation in Prisons

In March 1993, a woman named Kiran Bedi became Inspector General of the Tihar Jail in New Delhi, the largest prison in India holding nearly 10,000 inmates. In her search for a technique of rehabilitation which would not only prepare her inmates for a sucessful return to society but also render the prison environment more peaceful and harmonious, she learned about Vipassana and its prior use in prisons. The first 10 day Vipassana course was taught within the Tihar Jail in 1994. Many other courses followed for both men and women, including a course for over 1,000 inmates, one of the largest courses ever held in modern times. Vipassana courses are currently being held in three U.S. correctional facilities: the W. E. Donaldson Correctional Facility, a level 6 maximum-security state prison in Bessemer, Alabama, near Birmingham; the San Francisco Jail, which was very successful; and the North Rehabilitation Facility (N.R.F.) a minimum-security facility of the King County jail system in Seattle, Washington.