The Guiding Rage into Power (GRIP) Program at San Quentin is a year-long transformative program that provides the tools that enable prisoners to "turn the stigma of being a violent offender into a badge of being a non-violent Peacekeeper." Not only have the men transformed their own behavior, they have become agents of change - people with skills to defuse conflicts around them. This five minute video offers a rare opportunity to go inside San Quentin and witness the men actively engaged in the GRIP Program.
For more on the GRIP Program, please see an extended version of the GRIP Program Video on the PROGRAMS tab of our website. Get a more in-depth view of the men as they learn how to stop their violence, become emotionally intelligent, cultivate mindfulness, and come to understand victim impact. The year-long journey culminates in a rite of passage, the GRIP Graduation at San Quentin.
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Insight-Out refers to the process the GRIP Prison Program teaches. This process guides people on a healing journey deeply inside of themselves where they come back out transformed and ready to serve others. (For an excerpt on the program, scroll down to find link: GRIP Program: An Excerpt of the Work in Action).
Insight-Out also refers to the former prisoners who work for the organization, men who once were in prison and are now out. These men have become Change Agents, trained and ready to give back to the communities they once took from. They work with challenged youth and teach their brothers and sisters who are still incarcerated.
Lastly, Insight-Out seeks to reform the prison system from the inside out. Perhaps only in directly supporting our prisoners in transforming themselves can we transform our prison system as well. Working firmly outside the 'us and them' fallacy, we represent a movement of engaged citizens that includes law enforcement, victims, prisoners and at-risk youth. All of us consider ourselves stakeholders in the prison environment; all of us wish to restore and secure our communities by playing a role in how we do prisons- and how not. We hold a vision of incarceration that goes beyond punishment to rehabilitation, giving prisoners the opportunity to learn how to take responsibility and honor their victims, heal the pain they lashed out from and learn the skills that give them a second chance. This vision also seeks to up the money the state spends on education, saved from what it spends on incarceration.
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 January 2017 00:28