INSIDE CIRCLE

Empowering System-Impacted People to Lead Change from Within

aka INSIDE-OUTSIDE CIRCLE FOUNDATION   |   Sacramento, CA   |  http://www.insidecircle.org

Mission

Inside Circle empowers system impacted people to lead change from within by providing opportunities for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people to heal and serve both themselves and others. We exist to reduce recidivism and all forms of violence – physical, emotional, and psychological – in our prisons and communities.

Ruling year info

2019

Co-Executive Director

Eldra Jackson III

Co-Executive Director

Lisa S. Blum

Main address

4540 FLORIN ROAD

Sacramento, CA 95823 USA

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Formerly known as

INSIDE-OUTSIDE CIRCLE FOUNDATION

EIN

83-1144419

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

It’s safe to say that we have a nationwide mental health crisis on our hands that’s disproportionately contributing to untold suffering and the highest incarceration rates in the world. According to the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, in order to divert incarceration, treatment must focus on the effects of early life experiences. Unfortunately, this rarely happens in the community and these issues are left to the prisons where less than 1% of the $81,203 spent annually to house an inmate in the state of California is dedicated to healing work.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

HEALING FROM THE INSIDE (PRISON SUPPORT GROUPS)

Using a peer-support group model, we facilitate the emotional and psychological healing of maximum security inmates, cultivating the capacity for meaningful interpersonal relationships/connection, resilience, purpose, healthy decision making, and accountability.

Population(s) Served

Using formerly incarcerated staff, we facilitate the emotional and psychological healing of incarcerated and opportunity youth cultivating the capacity for meaningful interpersonal relationships/connection, resilience, purpose, healthy decision making, and accountability.

Population(s) Served

Using formerly incarcerated staff leaders, we facilitate the emotional and psychological healing of the general population including but not limited to people of color, LGBTQ+, veterans, and the formerly incarcerated.

Population(s) Served

Using formerly incarcerated staff leaders, we facilitate the emotional and psychological healing of justice-involved people in the community.

Population(s) Served

We train select formerly incarcerated people to facilitate the emotional and psychological healing of their peers.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

At the broadest level, we want to shift this country from a culture of mass incarceration to one of mass rehabilitation. A shift of this magnitude requires focus on the unaddressed mental health challenges that drive violent, anti-social behavior in ways that are effective, culturally sensitive, and scalable. Our answer is to build a movement of formerly incarcerated peer-support facilitators skilled in our life changing work who know first-hand what rehabilitation looks and feels like - facilitators with the lived experience to inspire and support positive life change among their peers in the criminal justice system-involved community.

Our approach is to widely recruit, heal, train and deploy incarcerated and formerly incarcerated peer healing circle facilitators with the demographics and lived experience to match that of incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, low-income, multi-racial, and at-risk/opportunity adults and youth in institutional and community settings. This approach serves two ends simultaneously, it supports the facilitators-in-training on a positive life trajectory while meeting the needs of challenged populations. It's efficient, it’s powerful, and it works.

We have a wide network of skilled trainers, a detailed, powerful, and flexible curriculum as well as a large number of community and institutional partners.

This training model works. We’ve been employing it successfully within Folsom prison for over 20 years - well before this group of formerly incarcerated leaders officially formed what we call Inside Circle. Our recidivism rate is under 10% and our graduates don’t simply survive on the outside, they thrive - regularly acting as mentors and leaders within their communities. The current leadership structure of our organization underscores this point. Our more recent success bringing our work to at-risk and incarcerated youth, the formerly incarcerated, and adults on probation points to our ability to generate similar results outside an adult maximum security setting. Some highlights include:

_Formerly incarcerated program graduates run our organization. They demonstrate to their peers and the world that change is possible - that we can reduce mass incarceration if we address the root cause driving much criminal behavior at the appropriate scale with the appropriate people.

_We have developed a thriving healing circle community designed to support training of the formerly incarcerated outside of prison as well advance the advocacy project initiated in 2017 with the launch of the film about our work entitled, The Work.

_We have successfully replicated our success within California State Prison, Sacramento, in a youth facility and gained the partnership of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Justice Strategy Group. They are now using our approach as an integral component of their new model for reform.

What's next?

We will continue to offer our life saving work in prisons across California and the US and expand our capacity to reach, motivate and divert youth from a lifetime of incarceration.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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INSIDE CIRCLE

Board of directors
as of 9/1/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Manuel Ruiz


Board co-chair

Michael Dimock

Roots of Change

Term: 2019 - 2022

Jeff Buenrostro

Metric Theory

William Harper

The Trium Group