Insight-Out organizes initiatives that create the personal and systemic change to transform violence and suffering into opportunities for learning and healing.
Our mission is to provide services and self-development opportunities to prisoners and challenged youth and empower them to positively transform their predicament.
In 1997, Jacques Verduin founded the Insight Prison Project (IPP). Under Verduin’s leadership, IPP pioneered innovative in-prison rehabilitation programs designed to create transformational change among prisoners at California’s San Quentin State Prison and prepare the men to become worthy and contributing members of the community upon leaving prison. The programs at San Quentin continue to reach 300 prisoners a week.
In 2011, Jacques founded ‘Insight-Out’ (ISO), a community initiative that employs selected former prisoners, trained inside San Quentin in the areas of emotional literacy, violence prevention and mindfulness.
These men (whom we proudly call, “Change Agents”) specialize in: 1. Working with troubled youth in the communities of the SF Bay Area. (Youth centers, high schools, etc.). 2. They are also ideal candidates for training their brothers and sisters, who are still locked up, in these programs that offer a path on how to transform their lives.
The Prison Mindfulness Initiative organizes, supports, and trains a state-wide network of volunteers to teach mindfulness-based meditation and yoga programs in prisons and jails throughout California. In the last year, PMI has trained hundreds of volunteers to teach mindfulness meditation and yoga to California’s 235,000+ male and female prisoners. PMI also trains people outside of California.