The National Solitary Project

The National Solitary Project

The Lionheart Foundation’s National Solitary Project provides proven, evidence-informed rehabilitative programming to individuals in highly segregated housing.

To ensure we can reach a significant number of men and women in solitary, for a limited time Lionheart is providing this program at no cost. 

Overview of Lionheart’s History in Corrections and the Evolution of the Making Time Count Program

Over the past 25 years The Lionheart Foundation has distributed more than 180,000 copies of Houses of Healing to prison libraries and programs (70,000 donated). Although the book can be read on its own, it is also part of a larger curriculum which includes the Houses of Healing Facilitator’s Manual, the Houses of Healing Video Series, and, as of a year ago, the Making Time Count workbook which is used in conjunction with the Houses of Healing book.

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Research findings (The American Journal of Forensic Psychology and The American Journal of Forensic Psychiatry) and hundreds of program evaluations and unsolicited testimonies from incarcerated men and women speak to its life-changing impact.  

BOP Approved Programs Guide

In 2021 the Houses of Healing Program was listed in the Federal Bureau of Prisons Approved Programs Guide for the First Step Act. In 2021, 72 Federal Prisons across the U.S. have purchased more than 10,000 Houses of Healing resources.  

Learn more here.

CDCR “Innovative Grants”

During the past six years, Lionheart has received six “Innovative Grants” from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to provide our programming to a wide range of incarcerated individuals. The first of these grants provided a 14-session program based on Houses of Healing to more than 400 men in CA Special Housing Units (SHUs) who voluntarily registered for the program. With an unprecedented data set of 187 evaluation responses, 100% of respondents indicated that they would recommend the program to others.

To make this program available to a greater number of incarcerated individuals, Lionheart published the Making Time Count workbook. The workbook, used in conjunction with the book Houses of Healing, walks participants, step by step, through the Houses of Healing Program

Access to Making Time Count in Solitary

The Making Time Count self-study program is for anyone with a 5th grade reading level, a pen or pencil, and a willingness to engage in rehabilitative programming. While Making Time Count can be used by most anyone in prison, including in group programs in the general population, this initiative is specifically offered as a self-study program for individuals in highly restricted housing. 

Become a Participating Institution

Lionheart has a long history of overseeing programs in prisons and has designed this initiative to be a light lift for participating institutions. If you are interested in becoming a partner DOC/institution in this solitary initiative, prisons must meet the following criteria to qualify:

Only those in solitary units are eligible to participate (single bed / locked in 22-24 hrs/day with little to no access to other programming). It is important to note that this program is NOT for individuals with severe mental health issues.  

Each institution will need to identify a contact person at the prison (i.e. program personnel, chaplaincy, mental health, or other staff) who will be responsible for distributing a program announcement and registration form to those in solitary in order to recruit participants. Lionheart will provide a file with these forms. The only out-of-pocket cost to the institution is to photocopy and distribute these 2 pieces of paper. The contact person will also be responsible for receiving the program packets from Lionheart and distributing them to registered program participants.

Lionheart requests that the 1-page registration form be scanned directly to The Lionheart Foundation by the staff person who is supporting the initiative. Program packets (with book, workbook, introductory letter, program evaluation and bookmarks) will be mailed directly to the prison contact person. 

As noted, Lionheart will provide an evaluation (to gage the level of participation and effort) that the participant mails back to Lionheart (in a pre-metered envelope) at the end of the course if s/he wishes to receive a “Certificate of Completion”. (Lionheart provides this certificate if s/he demonstrates a sincere effort.)  We make it clear to prospective participants that Making Time Count is a self-study program NOT a correspondence course. 

Because the Making Time Count Self-study Program requires significant time and effort on the part of the participant, to demonstrate effortful participation we encourage that the institution/prison system provides its own incentivization to promote program engagement and completion.

(For example, in the CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation when participants in the SHU return the evaluation and assignments demonstrating a sincere effort, in addition to the participant receiving a “Certificate of Completion” and congratulatory letter directly from The Lionheart Foundation, Lionheart sends a form created by the CDCR to the program liaison that is then put in the participant’s prison/parole file.) 

We look forward to working with you in this potentially life-transforming collaboration.

Donate to The National Solitary Project Fundraiser

It’s easy to contribute to the fundraiser, and your support is essential to our ability to provide life-changing programming to individuals in restricted housing.

To learn more about Houses of Healing: Making Time Count, click here.