Reentry Programs

Digital Courses for Jails and Prisons
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We create new content every day to help administrators teach people in jails and prisons. Click the link above to get a free 1-hour sample course.

Our digital courses teach people how to develop stronger critical-thinking skills and better communication skills. Contact our team to help more people prepare for success upon release.

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Learn more about our Introductory Course: Ten Steps to Prepare for Success from Jail or Prison.

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On August 12, 2013, I completed 26 years of continuous confinement. I served my term in prisons of every security level. Yet as shown by the original publication date of the video to the right—which is easily verifiable by watching the clip on YouTube—I published this video on May 13, 2013.

How did I create this video a full three months before I finished serving my sentence?

The answer is self-evident: I began participating in re-entry programs at the start of my long journey through jails and prisons. While

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I was confined inside of the Pierce County Jail, a correctional officer inspired me to change the way that I think. By giving me an inspiring story to read, that officer helped me to change my life. Participants in our Straight-A Guide Introductory course will learn the importance of beginning to prepare for success early so that they can emerge from confinement successfully. Our lessons both teach and inspire people. They show what a person can accomplish through values-based, goal-oriented adjustment patterns.

People in jail and prison connect find hope and inspiration with our program. Listen to the testimonials and you’ll hear how Prison Professors programs motivates people to leave disruptive behavior behind and begin participating in programs. Our programs are used in state prisons, federal prisons, and large county jails. Prison Professors is a great resource for leaders that want to improve community safety with effective reentry programs.

Freddy wrote to us after his release from the California Department of Corrections. He wanted to thank us for the Reentry Program that we created specifically for people serving time in CDCR. 

Listen to him talk about the way the program changed his life.

Module 1: Defining Success
This module would help participants grasp the importance of looking beyond their current station in life so they could see what they want to achieve. We’d work on introspection, assessing how past decisions led to current challenges. Then, we would visualize and express what we’re aspiring to achieve.

  • Takeaway would be for students to identify success in their lives.
Module 2: Identifying Goals
This module works on the concept of setting SMART goals. Participants learn the importance of getting very specific with goals. Regardless of where they are, or what they’re enduring, a participant can rely upon goals to build discipline and motivation.

  • The takeaway would be for students to articulate goals that relate to their values.
Module 3: Showing the Right Attitude
Participants must show their commitment to succeed, as they’ve defined success with their values and goals. To the extent that they can work toward a 100% commitment, they show that they have the right attitude.

  • The takeaway would be for students to show that they’re making a high-level commitment to succeed.
Module 4: Articulating Aspirations
Participants will learn how to express what they’re working toward. This module helps them visualize what they’re striving to achieve. It helps them keep focus as they work through challenges and struggles of confinement.

  • The takeaway would be for students to articulate the reason or purpose for the decisions they’re making today.
Module 5: Taking Action
With this module, participants learn the power of urgency. When they procrastinate, they miss opportunities. If they want to succeed, they must take advantage of all resources, including time. Every decision comes with an opportunity cost, so they must decide wisely.

  • Takeaway will be for students to understand to place a higher value on using time efficiently.
Module 6: Accountability Metrics
Despite being incarcerated, people should still learn to hold themselves accountable. This module will teach the power of journaling and creating accountability metrics. They will learn why such tactics lead to better outcomes.

  • The takeaway will be for participants to show the accountability metrics they’ve created.
Module 7: Being Aware
This module will show participants how to spot opportunities around them. Further, the module will teach participants how to make others aware of their efforts to prepare for success.

  • Takeaway will be for participants to appreciate the importance of keeping their responsibility for success top-of-mind.
Module 8: Being Authentic
This module teaches participants how to keep their thoughts, their words, and their actions in harmony. To overcome the stigma of confinement, a person must show the pathway to resilience. This module shows them how.

  • The takeaway will be for students to build
Module 9: Celebrating Achievements
This module helps participants learn how to feel joy in the incremental steps necessary on the journey to success. We teach the power of little steps, helping ‑‑them understand that with each micro achievement, we put ourselves on the pathway to higher levels of success.

  • Takeaway will be for students to derive a sense of accomplishment with each small accomplishment that advances their prospects for success.
Module 10: Showing Appreciation
This module teaches participants that we advance the cycle of success when we show our gratitude for the blessings that come our way–and we can even find blessings in a jail cell if we make values-based, goal-oriented decisions.

  • Takeaway will be for participants to recognize their role in building stronger communities.
Learn more about our Introductory Course: Ten Steps to Prepare for Success from Jail or Prison.

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How to Use This Course

The Prison Professors Introductory Curriculum offers digital learning courses. Staff members in jails or prisons may use the Prison Professors courses as teaching resources.

We’ve designed all curriculum to both teach and inspire inside a correctional setting.

Prison Professors courses help people prepare for success while serving sanctions in jails or prisons.

Our team creates a daily dosage of digital files that include:

  • Audio podcasts in MP-3 audio format
  • Video files in MP-4 video format
  • Written files in PDF format

To protect institutional security, we deliver our courses through:

  • External hard drives
  • Cloud-based links
  • Live stream, interactive links through the Zoom platform

Structure

We create these programs in 10-hour learning cycles. Some of those execution cycles are stand-alone modules, others are part of ongoing sequential programs.

We also offer an interactive option where members of our team participate in live stream through Zoom connections. Participants may work through the program at their own pace.

We’ve designed the modules to work through 2-hour, interactive sessions, with or without a facilitator.

 

 

Institutional Needs:

  • Video Monitor: The institution should offer a video monitor that people can access either individual in groups.
  • Audio Capabilities: The institution should offer an audio system that will allow participants to hear the content.

 

 

Optional Equipment:

  • PDF Print Capabilities: Although not necessary, staff members may want to print the accompanying PDF documents for distribution. An alternative would be for students to write responses to either multiple-choice or open-ended questions on blank pieces of paper.
  • Books: We offer a series of paperback books that institutions may purchase as supplement all of our programs.
  • Certificates of Completion: Staff may print certificates of completion for students that score higher than 60% on the exit exams.
  • Interactive Lessons: Staff may choose to offer interactive Zoom sessions where our team at Prison Professors interacts with students in jails or prisons.

 

 

 

Course Availability:

  • Introductory Program: Our 10-hour program introduces the concept of making values-based, goal-oriented decisions inside of a correctional setting. We designed this program specifically for people that are new to confinement. This course helps them understand the pathway to a successful journey through jail or prison, showing how their daily decisions opens opportunities for growth.
  • Preparation Plan: Our 20-hour program continues the concept of using a values-based, goal-oriented adjustment strategy while preparing for success upon release from jail or prison. We continue the concepts taught in the introductory program, teaching people how to create self-directed projects that advance possibilities for success upon release, as law-abiding, contributing citizens.
  • Comprehensive Plan: Our 50-hour, our program to help participants grasp more advanced concepts of how to prepare for a lengthy journey through prison. These programs are ongoing, with new daily content in 50-hour increments that help participants develop an understanding of specific job-develop skills.

Inclusions

Each module begins with a five-question, self-directed, entrance questionnaire that facilitators may require participants to complete.

Each lesson includes a written lesson to describe the content that we include. Each 10-hour course will include a combination of audio files, video files, reading materials. Administrators have discretion on what resources to distribute, depending upon institutional capabilities.

Participants may complete the program independently, or with a group facilitator.

We will also include critical-thinking exercises that participants may complete with a combination of multiple-choice and open-ended questions.

Each module will conclude with a comprehensive exit exam to assess preparations for release in accordance with lessons learned in the module.

Facilitators may rely upon an answer key to easily grade the exit exam.

The exit exam will provide an assessment on whether the participant mastered the material, reflecting whether the person is:

  • Unprepared for Success Upon Release (less than 60%)
  • Prepared: Promising Path to Succeed Upon Release (60 to 80%)
  • Excellence: Ready to Succeed upon Release (80 to 100%)

We base our scoring system on what we’ve learned from working with employers that participate in the Prison Professors program of opening job opportunities for formerly incarcerated people.

Steps to Learning Success:

 

Step 1: Take the entrance exam.

Step 2: Complete the lesson plans as assigned by your instructor.

Step 3: Work through the lessons content.

Step 4: Use blank pieces of paper to complete the exit exam.

Step 5: Submit the exit exam to your facilitator for grading.

Step 6: Earn 70% or above to successfully complete this course and receive a certificate to show level of release preparation.

Is Internet Required for this Course?
Not necessary.

We provide our content in a manner that suits the institution.

For institutions that want to access online, we have an online version. For institutions that want to receive the content on a hard drive, we will accommodate.

For institutions that want to receive the content on a DVD, we will provide.

What are the Key Takeaways from Course?
Our courses help participants develop strong critical thinking skills. Participants learn how the decisions they’re making today influence prospects for success in days, weeks, months, years, and decades ahead.
Is a Teacher or Facilitator Necessary?
Not necessary, but staff or inmates can facilitate group participation.

We’ve created these courses to be self-directed. But either staff leaders or inmate facilitators can use these courses to lead group courses.

How do These Courses Benefit our Institution?
Courses that Prison Professors offers contribute to institutional safety and security. They do not require outside facilitators. As a result, there is no possibility for the introduction of contraband. Course participants learn how to make the highest and best use of resources available. They see reasons to avoid disruptive behavior with daily content that we provide.

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