Corrections Program Success Stories

Improved Conduct & Reduced Recidivism

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Character Education Reduces Recidivism and Transforms Offenders

The Corrections program teaches essential skills to adult and juvenile offenders, focusing on character development and social-emotional learning. Workshops include videos, discussions, and planning sessions to help participants understand self-control and cause-and-effect relationships.

This holistic approach has proven effective in improving behavior and reducing repeat offenses in correctional facilities. Participants engage in workshops, videos, book clubs, lesson plans, and activities to deepen their understanding of consequences and strengthen their character. This transformative impact positively influences the facility’s culture as offenders learn valuable skills, uphold promises, take responsibility, and work on self-control.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2018), released prisoners who participated in education programs had a 13% lower recidivism rate than those who did not participate.

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  

We received a message from an inmate serving life without parole.

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. 

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