Prison Re-entry

The 7 Keys to Building a New Man

A Transformative Re-entry program for Black Male Inmates

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When the handcuffs are removed and black men are released from prison, then what?

  1. A Spiritual and Moral Foundation
    The world’s tallest buildings stand because of a strong foundation. For black males, their strong foundation must be built on spirituality and morality. Real growth is from the inside out. We take the men on a well designed journey to find their inner man. We move beyond religion and tap into the essence of who the men were before their values were corrupted, their morality was compromised and their one on one relationship with God was replaced by religion. We teach the men how to look and grow from within and how to draw on their innate spirituality. Furthermore, we instill in the men a moral code that is based on God, not conflicting messages from society. The most hardened black men have a natural inclination towards God. In this session, they will begin to reconnect with the God that lives within them.
  2. Man Know Thyself: self-respect & self-esteem
    Individuals with high self-esteem and self-respect are individuals who love themselves and they are less likely to engage in the destructive and criminal behavior that lands most black men in jail. The black on black violence that is destroying the black family is rooted in self-hatred and fear. The mindset that leads to criminal behavior including drug use and drug sales, gang banging, and other violent crimes is a mind that has at its roots, low self-esteem and little or no self-respect. Black males, more than any other group in America suffers from low self-esteem and self-respect and those virtues must be restored if the revolving door of recidivism is to stop. In this session, the inmates examine the issues and experiences that destroyed their self-esteem and self-respect and made them vulnerable to the criminal activity that led to their incarceration. For most black men, it is the life-changing childhood experiences that must be fixed in order to put them on the road to sustained success. Damaging words from loved ones, negative experiences in school and negative images from the media and religion have all served to destroy the psyche of black men and instill in them a sense of fear that causes them to seek to prove their manhood in unnatural ways. It all starts to change in this session.
  3. Family Relationships: Mother/Son; Male/Female
    Most black men that are or were incarcerated were raised in single family homes headed by their mothers. The single black mother/son relationship is usually filled with love, anger and sometimes hate. It is not unusual for the son to feel the misdirected anger from his mother that is actually meant for the absentee father. While at the same time, many black mothers shower their sons with unconditional love, but little or no responsibility. Mothers often do for their sons what the sons should be doing for themselves. Behavior that a mother would never tolerate in her spouse or daughters, many mothers actually enable in their sons. Black mothers do the very best they can, but they can’t be the personal example of manhood for their sons, only a man can provide that example. Too often the end results are spoiled, selfish sons who want things given to them, instead of working for it. Further, these dysfunctional males act on emotion rather than reason. This unbalanced mother/son relationship often is the basis for the failed male/female relationships that black men are involved in. These poor relationships contribute to the poor choices black men make in life that often lead to criminal activity. In this session, we unravel the lifetime effects of these unhealthy relationships and begin to instill in black men the true characteristics of a man.
  4. Knowledge and Pride in History and Culture
    History helps define who you are and what you are capable of. When black males learn that their history is a history of high achievers in all areas of human development, they will be mentally free from the stereotypical limitations of sports, entertainment and crime. When black males learn that their African roots, history and culture is something to claim and be proud of, they will no longer be defined by society’s misrepresentations of who they are. In this session, we take black males on a chronological journey of African and African-American history and culture from the ancient past to the present. We introduce them to role models they will be proud to emulate and history lessons that will change their perception of themselves.
  5. Identify Gifts, Talents & Purpose
    The ultimate goal is to help black males reach their full potential because then and only then will they find the satisfaction they have been searching for. The process begins by helping black males identify their unique gifts and talents and the purpose for which those gifts are to be used. We have developed a process for helping individuals dig deep into themselves and identify their gifts and talents no matter how deeply they have suppressed that knowledge. Once their gifts and talents have been identified, we help the students understand the purpose for which they are to be used and the steps they must take to develop their gifts and talents. Then in session #7, we help the students develop realistic and achievable goals and plans for utilizing their gifts and talents and fulfilling their purpose.
  6. Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
    No re-entry or personal development program can be complete without addressing how to build and maintain a healthy body. Many of the black males that have been incarcerated have lived lives that have inflicted tremendous abuse on their bodies. They must learn the importance of health and nutrition and how to build a healthy lifestyle. A lifestyle that incorporates exercise and a nutritious regimen that develops both the body and mind.
  7. Developing Goals and Plans for Success
    The ultimate goal is to help black males reach their full potential because then and only then will they find the satisfaction they have been searching for. The process begins by helping black males identify their unique gifts and talents and the purpose for which those gifts are to be used. Then we provide the steps to developing their gifts and talents. In addition, the men learn to set short and long term goals and how to create concrete plans for achieving their goals. It is also in this session that we address money management, but also the value of money and their attitudes towards money. This is the session where the men learn to materially manifest all that they have learned. They must learn to create their own opportunities and to redirect many of the attributes they used for a life of crime they can transfer and use to create legitimate and legal opportunities for themselves.

  
 Each specially selected   topic is designed to   address the unique and   specific needs of black   males who are presently   incarcerated or recently   released.
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      The recidivism rate for black males is estimated to be as high as 70%. Think about that, if you will. If ten black men are released from prison, seven of them will return.

     Rehabilitation is all but a forgotten and abandoned concept in many of America’s prisons. In many instances, the privatization of prisons has put emphasis on profit over rehabilitation. In addition, most  rehabilitation and re-entry programs lack the cultural component necessary to  effectively address the unique challenges facing black males who are presently  incarcerated and those recently released.

     This program was created to fill the gap and reduce the number of black men for whom prison has become a revolving door.
       
     This program helps to build the foundation that gives birth to a new man. Too often the emphasis is on dealing with the symptoms such as drug use, selling drugs, shootings, gang banging, etc. But this  program addresses the root causes of the criminal behavior. And it speaks to black males in a language that they can relate to.