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Last year we took steps toward expanding the scope and effectiveness of what we do. This year we have been consolidating and deepening our understanding of what men on the inside need and the skills they need to pass on their gifts within and beyond the institutional environment.
- · On February 11th and 12th of this year JCP sponsored an Outside-Inside Training at the First Parish United Universalist Church in Canton, MA and the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Norfolk. The workshop focused on developing skills for both outside facilitators and inmates interested in “parts work.” The two-day workshop, attended by 13 outside men and 25 inside men was led by Bill Wich (Florida) and Jerry Kahn (Wisconsin).
- · On March 24 and 25th JCP offered a two-day prison intensive at Bay State Correctional Center. This workshop was our 7th at the institution where Jericho has offered men’s circles since 2002. Facilitators for this workshop came from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine and Florida.
- · On May 12 of this year the Jericho Circle Project was one of the sponsors of an event at Suffolk University in Boston entitled “Healing After Crime: The Promise of Victim-Offender Dialogue in the Wake of Violent Crime.” Much of the work done in our prison circles prepares men to take personal responsibility for their actions and develop a deeper understanding of their role in repairing the damages of their crimes. Hearing directly from victims at this event was a powerful reminder that crime begins with injury and healing of all parties is a critical process. Kim Book from Delaware’s “Victims Voices Heard” keynoted the day with moving contributions from both victims and former offenders in the Boston community.
- On June 9- JCP presented an all day workshop on parts work in prisons led my nationally recognized presenter and author Michele Bograd.
- · In June, facilitators from JCP traveled to the California State Prison in Sacramento (New Folsom) to support the work being done at the 21st Inside Circle Training. This 4-day workshop has served as an important model for the development of work done in prisons through JCP. Over the years, Inside Circle Trainings have served as a training ground for men in New England, Wisconsin and elsewhere doing important healing work behind bars.
- In July 13-15, 2012, JCP brought their eighth prison workshop to FMC Devens, a Bureau of Prisons facility in Ayer, MA. This weekend marked the 20th intensive offered by JCP since its founding in 2001. As in previous years, the weekend featured a purification lodge offered by the Native American inmate community in support of the work that Jericho offers to inmates from many different regions of the country.
- In September of this year, JCP will be celebrating its 11th year of bringing circles to men behind bars. Jericho’s first circle was held at FMC Devens in September of 2001. This September, JCP offered its third weekend workshop at MCI-Norfolk where it serves over 25 men operating in two circles on a weekly basis. The intensive took place on September 29th and 30th and involved 24 inside and 13 outside men.
- In October of this year, Bill Wich and Steve Spitzer, two members of the JCP Board of Directors, presented a workshop at the Annual Meeting of the Center for Self Leadership in Providence, Rhode Island. The workshop, “Working with Parts in Prison: An Experiential Workshop,” introduced the Internal Family Systems community to the type of work that offers inside men an opportunity to develop a more complete understanding of their interior landscape and their potential for change.
- On November 10th of this year, Steve Spitzer and Vern Ludwig traveled to Mt. McGregor Correctional Facility in Saratoga County New York to lead a one-day intensive workshop for inside men. They were assisted by five men who have served as facilitators for an ongoing men’s leadership program at the facility. The event was part of JCP’s continuing efforts to support the development of men’s emotional literacy work in correctional environments around the country. These efforts have led to the creation and operation of regular men’s circles in Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Rhode Island. Although limited to one day, the intensive followed the model of the 21 weekend workshops that Jericho Circle has offered at state and federal correctional institutions in Massachusetts over the last 9 years.