Prisoner led Houses of Healing Programs

15/09/16 0

Research on prisoner-led programs:  There are 49,000 prisoners serving a sentence of “life without parole” in this country. There are emotionally mature lifers and long-termers in any institution who would make outstanding Houses of Healing facilitators. Recently we received 30 evaluations from a prisoner who facilitated a HOH program in a Michigan state prison. The evaluations were exceptional.  We want to get data on these prisoner-led programs in order to “legitimize” and promote them. Some states do not allow prisoners to facilitate programs and others don’t promote it even though it is allowed. Not allowing mature long-term inmates to facilitate programs is an enormous waste of a very valuable resource.  Prisoner-led programs are a way to make HOH available to thousands more prisoners at little or no cost to prisons or the public. And, it gives great meaning and purpose to the incarcerated men and women who facilitate these programs. Toward this end, in 2015, Robin Casarjian visited a number of California prisons where prisoners facilitate the HOH program to explore options for this research.   Additionally, Lionheart will initiate a study on and seek funding for prisoner-led Houses of Healing programs