Transformation Project Creates Positive Changes
"Transformation Project teaches you there's another road. There are always options." - Program Participant
What is Transformation Project?
The mission of the Transformation Project is to facilitate prisoners in developing a foundation for learning and motivation to change through a process of self-reflection and goal setting. Based on the life and teachings of Malcolm X, the project aims to reduce recidivism, promote positive inmate behavior and promote positive behavior in the community upon reentry.
Transformation Project is currently running in three Nebraska facilities: the Work Ethic Camp (WEC) in McCook, the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution in Tecumseh and the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln.
Preliminary research results are encouraging. Participants who completed the program worked more hours in the institution, increased the number of visits with family while in the institution and had fewer institutional violations.
Program participants at Tecumseh have provided feedback indicating they have made positive changes:
“Now, I’m less impulsive. I have better reactions.”
“[The program modules] are helping me with anger issues.”
“You don’t think about [some things] in the moment but [Transformation Project] teaches you there’s another road. There are always options.”
“I got a lot out of the changing process…I focused on my goals, being disciplined, having patience.”
What’s next for the program?
Transformation Project is expanding to Restrictive Housing, women’s institutions and youth institutions. The curriculum and program modules are being adapted to serve these populations and address their specific needs and challenges.
For more information about Transformation Project, contact Program Coordinator Laura Schoenrock at 402-554-3794 or email@example.com.