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Question of the Month: What Do I Present to Prisoners?

Question of the Month: What Do I Present to Prisoners?

Step One: Highlighting the impact of crime on victims and the continuing ripple effect of the crime. The murder of my son Tariq did not end there, 7 years after his death Jennifer, his fiancé, committed suicide which ended her parent’s marriage. Still 24 years later the pain of that fatal night continues to surface during birthdays, holidays and anniversaries. Every time another young person is killed the nightmare continues. It is important that inmates fully understand the depth of the pain crime causes.
Step two: I teach self-forgiveness through a process of redemption which has the following steps:
(a) Take responsibility for your crime;
(b) Ask forgiveness of the victims and the victim’s families;
(c) Change your criminal behavior and;
(d) Redeem yourself by making sure other young people do NOT follow in your previous footsteps that brought you here.
This essentially provides them with a powerful recipe of self-forgiveness and redemption fully supported by the effective and important tools taught by the LCP program.
Step three: Follow with a deep and rich Q&A of these issues and the process of self-forgiveness and the challenges of changing behavior – something which is hard for me and you to do.
Step four: Finally, teach them to meditate and connect with their higher power and inner guidance to muster the strength needed in this process of transitioning to a different life of service on the outside.
As is evident from Jon Cooper’s brilliant dissertation on “Vulnerability Brings Healing” these presentations do have a lasting impact in the future parolees. The results of the LCP program are truly impressive. While the recidivism rate in the adult prison population is 67% the recidivism rate in LCP graduates is under 17%. Think about this – 83% of the parolees change their behavior and go out in service to young people in their communities and do not return to prison. The USA is 4% of the world’s population but houses 25% of the world’s prisoners. The question I ask is “why is this program not offered in all the prisons?” 

Azim Khamisa

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