Communities of restoration


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Overview of the Prison Fellowship national organisations operating "Communities of Restoration" programmes in prisons around the world.

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Communities of restoration

  1. 1. Communities of Restoration<br />Changing Lives and Prisons:<br />
  2. 2. COR facts<br />Typically occupy a special prison unit or an entire prison.<br />Participants volunteer for the programme.<br />Focus on reducing attitudinal risk factors contributing to offending behaviour<br />Faith is a key element, but open to persons of any or no faith<br />Staff consists of qualified professionals and trained community volunteers. <br />Community/volunteer participation key element<br />Operate under various names in association with Prison Fellowship. <br />
  3. 3. Where did cors come from?<br />APAC methodology<br />From Association for the Protection and Aid to the Convicted<br />In Portuguese, also stands for Loving the Prisoner, Loving Christ<br />Started in 1972<br />Group of Catholic Volunteers visiting prisons<br />Seeks to meet the medical, psychological, educational, and vocational needs of prisoners<br />
  4. 4. Where did CORS come from? <br />Government began allowing APAC to run whole prisons<br />Known as prisons without guards<br />APAC became a Prison Fellowship International affiliate in 1989<br />
  5. 5. COR around the World<br />PF Belize<br />InnerChange Freedom for Belize<br />Implemented in 2003<br />Population Served: Male<br />Single unit in Belize Central Prison<br />18 Month programme<br />
  6. 6. COR around the World<br />PF Brazil<br />Association for Protection and Aid to the Convicted (APAC)<br />Started in 1970s<br /><ul><li>Population Served: Male and Female
  7. 7. 145 APACs in 17 states; 30 APAC prisons without guards
  8. 8. 40 more APACs in different states of development
  9. 9. Follows Brazilian sentencing regimes</li></li></ul><li>COR around the World<br />PF Bulgaria<br />Adaptation Environment<br />Implemented 2003 <br /><ul><li>Population Served: Male
  10. 10. 1 unit in Vratsa Prison</li></ul>8 – 12 month pre-release programme<br />
  11. 11. COR around the world<br />PF Chile<br />APAC<br />Implemented 1999<br /><ul><li>Population Served: Male and female
  12. 12. 25 prison units in various prisons
  13. 13. Follows Chilean sentencing guidelines</li></li></ul><li>COR around the world<br />PF Costa Rica<br />APAC<br />Implemented 2005<br /><ul><li>Population Served: Male
  14. 14. 1 prison unit
  15. 15. Follows Costa Rican Sentencing guidelines</li></li></ul><li>COR Around the Wold<br />PF Germany/Prisma<br />SeehausLeonberg<br />Implemented 2003<br /><ul><li>Population Served: Male Juveniles & Adolescents
  16. 16. 1 facility separate from prison for 18 juveniles living with 3 families
  17. 17. 12-18 month programme (depending on sentence)
  18. 18. Additional voluntary aftercare</li></li></ul><li>COR Around the World<br />PF Hungary<br />APAC<br />Implemented in 2009<br /><ul><li>Population Served: Male Juvenile
  19. 19. 1 facility separate from prison
  20. 20. Time in programme depends on sentence length</li></li></ul><li>COR Around the World<br />Latvia<br />MirjamProgramme<br />Implemented 2003<br /><ul><li>Population Served: Female
  21. 21. 1 prison unit
  22. 22. 9 month programme</li></li></ul><li>COR Around the World<br />PF New Zealand<br />He Korowai Whakapono<br />Implemented 2004<br /><ul><li>Population Served: Male
  23. 23. 1 prison unit (60)
  24. 24. 9 month programme
  25. 25. Therapeutic community
  26. 26. Focus on reintegration “living crime free”</li></li></ul><li>PF Singapore<br />Christian Intensive Religious Counseling Programme<br />Implemented 2006<br /><ul><li>Population Served: Male
  27. 27. 1 prison unit
  28. 28. 18 month programme</li></li></ul><li>COR Around the World<br />PF USA<br />InnerChange Freedom Initiative (IFI)<br />Implemented 1997<br />Population served: Male and Female<br />9 Prison Units in five states<br />18 month programme<br />Now I see people in a different light. I see the trouble I was in and the hurt I was causing others because of my poor choices and poor attitudes. I now take responsibility for my actions. When I make a mistake, I try to correct it before it gets bigger, and before I fall back into the old patterns. – IFI participant<br />
  29. 29. More information<br /><br />