Prisoner rehabilitation

TCIONC's prison program provides education, rehabilitation and reentry support to incarcerated men and women in prisons and jails throughout North Carolina.  At the heart of this initiative is  a powerful emotional literacy program, Houses of Healing.  This program offers prison inmates encouragement and the necessary support to take stock of the life experiences that have propelled them into criminal activity, take responsibility for their criminal behavior, change life-long patterns of violence and addiction, and build productive lives.

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Prison Contemplative Program

Prison contemplative programs are classes or practices — including meditation, yoga, contemplative prayer or similar —that are offered at correctional institutions for inmates and prison staff. There are many stated benefits of these programs – such a stress relief for inmates and staff – and some measured and anecdotally reported benefits in studies.

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Prison Pen-Pal Program

Volunteers will write and encourage, uplift, inspire inmates through our Prison Pen Pal Program. This program is designed to give a sense of forgiveness, friendship and offer encouragement during the inmates difficult time. Volunteers will also help prepare the inmate for the real world upon their release.

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Prison Arts Program

What is a prison arts program?

Prison arts programming refers to art-based workshops, projects, and courses offered in prisons. Possible art forms include creative writing, poetry, visual art, dance, drama, and music. Yoga, meditation, and horticulture may also be considered prison arts programs. All of these art forms may also be combined into multi-disciplinary art programs.

Who offers these programs?

Prison arts programs are facilitated by a variety of people. This includes:

  • individuals, including volunteers, professional artists, teaching artists, students, professors, and people in prison
  • groups, organizations, and institutions, including voluntary groups, non-profit organizations, and universities
  • prison staff or individuals employed by a prison
  • partnerships across these various groups
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