Adult Corrections Chapter Program

Character Education Reduces Recidivism and Transforms Offenders

Alex Sheen coming to Pendleton last summer was one of the most enlightening moments of my life. The simplicity yet power in the five words that define this movement connected with me so much. When Alex passed out Promise Cards to us that day, I knew this was my opportunity to take back the power of keeping commitments. Since that day, I made a promise to set a new standard for my family. I even made a promise to my victim’s family. Since being Chapter Leader, I have made it my mission to have transformative meetings, to make sure all members walk away embodying kept promises, not because I want them to, but because they said they would.”

Jordan, Offender at Pendleton Correctional Facility  

The Adult Corrections Chapter Program

The Adult Corrections Chapter Program has been found to improve conduct in the prison and reduce recidivism. Through our assemblies, workshops, videos, book club, lesson plans and activities, program participants learn to better understand the consequences of their actions and strengthen their character. The overall culture of the facilities changes as offenders learn to apply skills and tactics to assist them in keeping their promises, taking accountability and working on their self-control.

One of the promises I made was to the victim of my crime. This man lost his life because of my irresponsible actions. I cannot do anything about the past. I will live with the guilt and shame forever. I made a promise to him that I will not let his passing go without honoring him by my actions every single day.”

Dean, Offender at Pendleton Correctional Facility

Since joining and focusing on because I said I would, my ability and memory to keep my promises has strengthened greatly. Every time I tell someone that I will do something, I do my best to write it down in a calendar. This has helped me remember exactly what I promised, when the promise should be completed, and to whom I made a promise to. My goal is to be a completely honest person that leaves a positive imprint on everyone.”

Isaiah, Offender at Pendleton Correctional Facility

As a father and a human being I made the promise to live up to my word. Many of the offenders at Pendleton did not have that as an example. To be successful you need to keep your promise, and the because I said I would program’s goal is to provide an understanding, tools and resources of making and keeping promises”

Jeff King, Community Involvement Director/Legion Advisor,
Pendleton Correctional Facility

A 2013 RAND Corporation study showed that participation in prison education, including both academic and vocational programming, was associated with an over 40 percent reduction in recidivism—saving $4 to $5 for each dollar spent. 

Help us expand outreach and increase the number of facilities we serve. With your donation, additional lessons and resources can be developed. $50 provides Promise Cards and Promise Journals for ten Juvenile Detention Center Program participants. $500 allows us to fund the program start-up costs for a new facility. 

because I said I would is a social movement and nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept. We are changing lives through Promise Cards, chapters of volunteers, character education in schools and prisons, and awareness campaigns with global reach.