NETWORK IN THE PRISONS /NETWORK INTHE COMMUNITY "When everything else is stripped away, when the buildings fall and the seas rise, we remember that all that really matters is caring for each other." Johann Hari, The Independent, March 2011.
Men and women in our Network Therapeutic Communities inside six New York State prisons know what it's like to have everything stripped away, and now understand and accept WHY they had everything stripped away. They have learned that all that really matters is people caring for each other in healthy communities: families, friend, neighbors, co-workers, strangers.. Network members look back at the places they came from, long to help make them better and are committed to giving back; they are especially eager to reach out to system-involved and at-risk youth, and they are qualified to do so and make a difference, seeing themselves in troubled youngsters about to throw their lives away by hurting themselves and their neighborhoods.
Network in the Prisons offers an effective therapeutic environment that becomes a true home for individuals, many of whom have never experienced "home" before. There, they face past crimes, take responsibility for their actions and internalize strategies that will make them productive, law-abiding stakeholders in society upon release. When they come home, Network continues to be there for them, providing strong support and services through its Network in the Community Program. And once home, they stay home!
" Prisons are often the forgotten element of the criminal justice system until things go badly. Catching the guy and prosecuting him is really important work, but if we don't do anything with that individual after we've got him, then shame on us. If all that effort goes to waste and we just open the doors five years later, and it's the same guy walking out the door and the same criminal thinking, we've failed in our mission. Minnesota Commissioner of Corrections Tom Roy, April 7, 2011.
Daily therapeutic sessions reinforce behavioral change via honest communication and self-examination. By learning to trust one another and give and accept feedback, participants experience shifts in attitude and behavior, enhanced consciousness and a new capacity for empathy. Guided by positive peer influence, the community supports values that improve functioning in the prison setting and contribute to success upon release.
Networkers are enrolled in the Bard College Initiative, John Jay College and New York University prison programs, Rising Hope and Rehabilitation through the Arts Programs
Network members prepare numerous Each one Teach One workshops each month
Transformative Education workshops run once a month on Saturdays.
Current Network Educational Courses: African-American Culture, Creative Arts, Business 101, Human Relations, Latin American Culture, Arabic Language, Substance Abuse Prevention, Conflict Resolution, Spanish Language, Writing. AND Theories of Human Nature and their implications for and relationship to findings of Harvard’s Project Implicit.
New Programming at Fishkill - Renewable Energy Math: In Network GED math classes, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry are studied in relation to renewable energy and energy efficiency. With algebra we examine the order of operation; a BPI auditor has to make many calculations such as determining minimum ventilation rates for a weatherization project. With Geometry participants examine length, area, and volume. The total number of PV panels, measured in centimeters, must be determined as to how many can be fit onto a southerly orientated roof that is measured in feet and inches. With trigonometry using known ground distances and angles we can determine tree heights for proper wind turbine . There is a language to math, and at the Fishkill Network Program that language is being studied in a way that will allow individuals to gain understanding of the new green economy.