What's Going On In US Prisons

A Pledge to Give Back

Guiding Rage Into Power

Using community as a container for transformation, the Guiding Rage into Power Program leads prisoners through their pain toward a sense of belonging and commitment to service.

Taking off the Mask

Rehabilitation Through The Arts

Writing, dance, and theatrical performance become opportunities for self-discovery, social skill building and ultimately rehabilitation through RTA’s innovative inmate programming.

Foundations of Change

Life Skills for At-Risk Youth

The Mind Body Awareness Project brings mindfulness practices to vulnerable youth, helping them develop the empathy, self-awareness, and self-regulation needed for healthy adulthood.

The Art of Trust

Creativity and Healing in Women's Prison

ArtSpring’s creative arts programming uses emotional awareness to transform women’s patterns of isolation and victimization into personal power and community leadership.

Path of Freedom

Prison Mindfulness and Meditation

Bringing social-emotional learning techniques to inmates and prison administrators alike, the Prison Mindfulness Institute helps break both individual and systemic cycles of incarceration.

Breaking New Ground

Gardening on the Inside

Through the basics of tending gardens, the Insight Garden Program teaches inmates to care for themselves within life’s interdependent systems while training them for future work.

Circle of Strength

Restoring Relationship Through Empathy

Authentic communication is the context for empowerment with the Center for Council Program, which uses the profound experience of sharing stories and being heard to support rehabilitation.



Center for Council

Insight Garden Program

Insight Out

Mind Body Awareness Project

Prison Mindfulness Institute

Rehabilitation Through The Arts



Creative Direction
Hannah Merriman
Zoë Fuller-Rowell
Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee

Hannah Merriman

Web Concept, Design & Development

Infographic Photography
Michiel Spijkers

Landing Page Photography
Carlos Chavarría

Hilary Hart:
“A Pledge to Give Back”
“A Shadow in the Land of the Free”
“Foundations of Change”
“Taking off the Mask”
“The Art of Freedom”

Ken Miller:
“Circle of Strength”

Jessica Kraft:
“Breaking New Ground”

Hilary Hart
Michelle Moore
Sohrob Nabatian

Video Footage (Index)
Chapters 1, 4, 6
From “Path of Freedom”
Courtesy Go Project Films

Chapter 2
From “GRIP Trailer”
Courtesy Derrick Monks & Insight-Out

Chapter 3
From “The House Band of Sing Sing”
Courtesy Matt Bockelman & Rehabilitation Through the Arts

Chapter 5
Courtesy ArtSpring

Chapter 7
From “The Insight Garden Program’s Vegetable Garden at San Quentin State Prison in partnership with Planting Justice.”
Courtesy Planting Justice

Chapter 8
From “Behind Bars, Open Hearts”
produced by Stories Matter Media
Courtesy Center for Council

Film Editing
Adam Loften
Graham Deenen

Adrianne Anderson
Samara Chism-Winfield

Special Thanks
Jacques Verduin, Beth Waitkus, Jared Seide, Fleet Maull, Leslie Neal, Nicole Patten, Katherine Vockins, Ricki Gold, Kate Crisp, Roger Miller, Jennie Runde, Planting Justice, Sam Robinson, Carlos Chavarría, Steve Rowland, Derrick Monks, Matt Bockelman.

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