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  1. Protected: Jericho Circles: Updates

    The Power of Inner Work
    The problem is that people think they’re supposed to be courageous in facing the outside world, whereas what is so profoundly transformative is the courage to look at yourself. It’s the courage to not give up on yourself, even though you do see your aggression, jealousy, meanness, and so on. And it turns out that in facing these things, we develop not self-denigration but compassion for our shared humanity.” ~ Pema Chodron

    ·      Two intensive weekends were held at MCI-Norfolk in March and September (see March photo below)

    ·      A workshop “Humpty Dumpty Behind Bars: “Working with Parts in Men’s Prison Circles” was offered to psychology staff at FMC Devens (Federal Bureau of Prisons) in May

    ·      “Beyond the Usual Suspects: Working with ‘Monsters’ and ‘Critters’ in Prison Groups” was presented by JCP Board members Steve Spitzer and Bill WIch at the Annual Conference of the Center for Self Leadership in Providence, RI in October

    ·      JCP was recently invited to attend a special meeting of the Massachusetts Parole Board to describe the approach and techniques that we use in our circles.  As our circles inside have grown in size and reputation, increasing numbers of men are describing the value of their insights in Jericho Circles to the board.  The Board wants to learn more about that work and its impact—a development that should serve all parties involved.

    ·    In December,  JCP participated in a national planning and development summit of prison healing programs held in Marin County, California. The Inside Circle Program (CA), Truth Project (WI), and Freedom Writers Program (CA) were also represented.

    MCI Norfolk Weekend Intensive Staffers, March 2013
    MCI Norfolk Sept. 14-15, 2013

    MCI Norfolk Sept. 14-15, 2013

    Opening Doors Within and Without

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  2. August 2009 TRUTH Intensive

    Two men from Jericho Circle were on staff for the August TRUTH Project Intensive at the Racine Correctional Facility in Racine, WI. This was the third Wisconsin Intensive supported by Jericho men.

  3. May 2009- JCP Submits Proposal to DOJ

    On May 21, Jericho Circle submitted a proposal to develop the Jericho Reentry Project.  The proposal for a $300,000 grant from the Department of Justice calls for community circles and mentors to support returnees. Jericho hopes to reduce recidivism through this effort.

    Update: No proposals submitted to this program were funded in Massachusetts.

  4. May 2009 – Massachusetts DOC Agreement

    JCP has arrived at an agreement with the Massachusetts Department of Correction to develop a pilot program at Pondville Correctional Center. This program begins with the creation of a Jericho Circle at the institution that will be paired with a Community Circle in the Boston area.  The Community Circle will enable JCP to develop a reentry initiative that supports men being released in the months ahead.  The community circle will have both a group and an individual mentoring component to assist men who have done work inside with their reintegration.  This collaborative efforts represents a turning point in closing the circle between the inside work and support services in the community.

    Update: Our program at Pondville Correctional Center is no longer in operation.