Welcome to The Freedom Within Prison Project
The mission of The Freedom Within Prison Project (FWPP) is to change the culture inside prisons and jails, from one of violence and gang oppression, to a place where inmates learn to take responsibility for their thoughts, feelings, and actions through self-awareness and emotional literacy.
The impact of this work has a powerfully positive effect upon the inmates, their families, communities, and upon our society as a whole.
Freedom Within Prison Project Educational Staff attends GRIP training inside San Quentin
Last week Jim, Jay and I went to Marin for a weekend training with Jacque Verduin, a passionate and visionary educator who has been conducting the GRIP (Guiding Rage into Power) program at San Quentin for the past 17 years. Marc and Malcolm attended this training last summer; and last fall, Malcolm and I had the honor of attending the graduation of 100 inmates who had completed Jacque's yearlong curriculum.
In recent years, the GRIP program gave birth to Insight-Out, where released graduates of GRIP work in communities outside to prevent recidivism, as well as guiding at-risk youth on paths away from incarceration.
We were all inspired by the years of dedication, as well as the huge impact that Jacque has had on the thousands of men who have gone through his program of meditation, emotional literacy and personal responsibility, and walked away with a greater vision for the possibilities of the Freedom Within Prison Project.