From prison to college: Consortium puts inmates in a positive ‘pipeline’

From The Boston Globe: Prison changed Jose Bou’s life in a way he never expected. While serving a 12-year sentence for drug trafficking, Bou earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston University...

Meditating with officers on Rikers Island

“You guys know anything about stress management?” Justin von Bujdoss is speaking to a group of about 40 correction officer recruits, dressed in gray uniforms and shiny black patent leather shoes,...

Path of Freedom – September Reports from the Field

Here are some quotes from classes that have taken place this month. These quotes area all from men and women in Rhode Island Prisons, speaking about what the courses have been teaching them, and...

Path of Freedom – August Reports from the Field

Here are some quotes gathered from facilitators teaching our Path of Freedom course curriculum in various a Men’s Medium Security Prison in Rhode Island. Participants share how aspects of...

Could yoga save prisoners from a life of crime?

New research shows the meditative exercise improves mental health, reduces stress and can prevent reoffending. Locked up in a tiny cell in Wayland prison, in Norfolk, detoxing from heroin and...

How to Help Inmates Heal After the Trauma of Prison

“Really what we’re dealing with is trauma,” says Presutti, who is also a psychotherapist. “The … trauma of being a victim of abuse, neglect, poverty, sociological constructions growing up. The...

That Drama Triangle is for Real

Stephen Karpman’s Drama Triangle helps participants in the Path of Freedom learn to escape internal patterns that prevent taking responsibility. As illustrated below, the triangle involves seeing...

Calm in the face of difficulty

From June Tanoue at the Cook County Department of Corrections in Illinois: The poʻi na kai uli, kai koʻo, ʻaʻohe hina pukoʻa. Though the sea be deep and rough, the coral rock remains standing....

Path of Freedom in Concord Prison Outreach Newsletter

The spring issue of the Concord Prison Outreach newsletter came out in July and Nealy Zimmerman, a POF facilitator who has volunteered her time since 2014, wrote a blog about her POF work at the...
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