Sycamore Tree Project® around the world

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Prison Fellowship International's Sycamore Tree Project® offers prisoners and victims around the world the opportunity to meet and explore the impact of crime and positive ways of responding.

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Sycamore Tree Project® around the world

  1. 1. Sycamore Tree Project®<br />A model of restorative justice<br />
  2. 2. In-prison restorative justice programme<br />Brings together unrelated prisoners and victims<br />Facilitator leads sessions using a curriculum guide<br />What is the Sycamore Tree Project®?<br />
  3. 3. STP Essential Elements<br />Victims and offenders meet together.<br />Discussions on impact of crime, responsibility, confession, repentance, forgiveness, amends & reconciliation.<br />Christian facilitator helps create a community governed by respect, equality, confidentiality, active participation & understanding.<br />
  4. 4. Learning is through guided discussions.<br />Symbolic acts of restitution.<br />Concluding celebration<br />Participants know that STP is based on the teachings and person of Jesus Christ.<br />STP Essential Elements<br />
  5. 5. Research conducted by Sheffield Hallam University’s Research Centre for Community Justice<br />Measured attitude changes<br />Over 5,000 prisoners<br />Independent Evaluation<br />
  6. 6. Findings:<br />Significant increase in victim empathy<br />Acceptance of offending went down.<br />STP changed attitudes in ways known to reduce repeat offending. <br />Independent Evaluation<br />
  7. 7. STP – Making a difference around the world<br />This course has helped me to forgive myself for past transgressions and has helped me to move to a place where I can see that forgiving the person who killed my daughter is possible. --Victim<br />PF Australia<br />Western Australia (2005)<br />New South Wales (2008 pilot, 2011)<br />Queensland (2011)<br />Between 2008 and 2011 has served<br />140 victims<br />238 prisoners <br />
  8. 8. STP – Making a difference around the world<br />“The participants could now see the end result rather than the positive, lucrative side of drug trafficking. They may have been making quick money, but at what cost?” --facilitator<br /><ul><li>PF Bolivia</li></ul>Implemented in October 2008<br />Between 2008 and 2011 served<br />4 victims<br />25 prisoners<br />
  9. 9. STP – Making a difference around the world<br />I was not capable of accounting for the people I affected, not even the number, because my life was crime. When the parable of the two debtors was explained in the session, I understand that God forgives the greatest debt with the condition that we forgive and love our neighbor. -- Prisoner<br /><ul><li>PF Colombia</li></ul>Implemented in 2003<br />Between 2008 and 2011 served<br />31 Victims<br />81 Prisoners<br />
  10. 10. STP – Making a difference around the world<br />The course equipped me with the values for how I live today; I learnt the importance of paying back what I owe and making amends. I am so glad I listened and attended the course. I thank God for the good work He does, for His forgiveness. -- Prisoner<br /><ul><li>PF England and Wales</li></ul>Implemented in 1998<br />Between 2008 and 2011 served<br />171 Victims<br />5972 Prisoners<br />
  11. 11. STP – Making a difference around the world<br />PF Guam<br />Implemented July 2008<br />Between 2008 and 2011 served<br />13 Victims<br />53 Prisoners<br />
  12. 12. STP – Making a difference around the world<br />PF Hungary<br />Implemented in 2003<br />Between 2008 and 2011 served<br />47 Victims <br />51 Prisoners <br />
  13. 13. STP – Making a difference around the world<br />“I was hesitant to start this course but after the first encounter, something inside me has changed.” -- victim<br />PF Italy<br />Implemented 2010<br />In 2010 and 2011 served<br />8 Victims<br />13 Prisoners<br />
  14. 14. STP – Making a difference around the world<br />I witnessed a man murdering my father. I have been carrying this hatred and hurt for more than 25 years. For the first time, I can truly say I have forgiven the man that murdered my father. The feeling is something I can’t describe. -- victim<br /><ul><li>PF New Zealand</li></ul>Implemented 1998<br />Between 2008 and 2011 served<br />592 Victims<br />592 Prisoners<br />
  15. 15. STP – Making a difference around the world<br />"I kept in mind that the police would come to arrest me. But I did not want to go to the police myself. Of course not. Now I think differently. It was just unnecessary. I would like to talk to the victim and to say that I'm sorry. I wonder if he accepts my apology.“ -- Prisoner<br /><ul><li>PF Netherlands</li></ul>Implemented 2006<br />Between 2008 and 2011 served<br />14 Victims<br />104 Prisoners<br />
  16. 16. STP – Making a difference around the world<br />"I kept in mind that the police would come to arrest me. But I did not want to go to the police myself. Of course not. Now I think differently. It was just unnecessary. I would like to talk to the victim and to say that I'm sorry. I wonder if he accepts my apology.“ -- Prisoner<br />PF Northern Ireland<br />Implemented in 2004<br />Relaunched in 2010<br />Between 2008 and 2011 served<br />0 Victims<br />4 Prisoners<br />
  17. 17. STP – Making a difference around the world<br />“STP has given me a sense of responsibility to make things right and to be restored to good relationship with people whose hearts I had hurt.”-- Prisoner<br /><ul><li>PF Palau</li></ul>Implemented in 2006<br />Between 2008 and 2011 served<br />? Victims<br />? Prisoners<br />
  18. 18. STP – Making a difference around the world<br /><ul><li>PF Philippines</li></ul>Implemented in 2006<br />Between 2008 and 2011 served<br />16 Victims<br />66 Prisoners<br />
  19. 19. STP – Making a difference around the world<br />It is amazing how victims and perpetrators can come together today and have discussions about the past, present, and future without fear. -- participant<br />PF Rwanda<br />implemented in 2002<br />Adapted for genocide prisons<br />Adapted for community use<br />Between 2002 and 2011 served<br /><ul><li>45,000 prisoners
  20. 20. 10,000 community members</li></li></ul><li>STP – Making a difference around the world<br />Sycamore is a course which has proved to be of tremendous positive benefit to all of those who have participated in it. In a system which is almost entirely offender-focused and offender-driven, it has helped redress an imbalance in awakening prisoners to the needs of victims of crime.– Prison Chaplain<br />PF Scotland<br />Implemented in 2003<br />Between 2008 and 2011 served<br />2 Victims<br />349 Prisoners<br />
  21. 21. STP – Making a difference around the world<br />PF Solomon Islands<br />Implemented 2008<br />Adapted to address ethnic conflict <br />
  22. 22. STP – Making a difference around the world<br />‘I am free. I’m no longer a victim. All the hate and resentment has left me and I can begin a new life – transformed and healed by Christ himself’(ex)Victim<br /><ul><li>PF South Africa</li></ul>Implemented in October 2006<br />Between 2008 and 2011 served<br />162 Victims<br />942 Prisoners<br />
  23. 23. STP – Making a difference around the world<br />After serving my jail term, I had plans of going back to those who brought me here, i.e. the victims and the police, and teach them a lesson. But after going through the lessons on this programme, I came to realise that I should be responsible for my actions. --Prisoner<br />PF Zambia<br />Implemented 2006<br />Between 2008 and 2011 served<br />4 Victims<br />169 Prisoners<br />
  24. 24. Recently Implemented<br /><ul><li> Fiji
  25. 25. Kazakhstan
  26. 26. Senegal</li></li></ul><li>Bahamas<br />Burkina Faso<br />Burundi<br />Cameroon<br />Cote d’Ivoire<br />Democratic Republic of the Congo<br />Germany<br />Ghana<br />PFs working to implement STP<br />Namibia<br />Panama<br />Portugal<br />Romania<br />Senegal<br />Suriname<br />Togo<br />Trinidad and Tobago<br />
  27. 27. For More Information<br />www.pfi.org/cjr/stp<br />

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