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SoCal Funder Learning Tour of Lancaster Prison and the Insight Garden Program: Providing Effective Rehabilitation, Reducing Recidivism and Shifting Prison Culture in CA State Prisons

Friday, March 29, 2019
12:15pm - 3:30pm PDT
California State Prison Lancaster
44750 60th St W., Lancaster, CA 93536
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Space is very limited --we can only take 8 people into the prison. Please RSVP only if you are able to attend and stay for the full program by February 28 to [email protected]

Please call in the following clearance information and sign the attached form 181 (Full Name, Date of Birth, Driver’s License #, State of Driver’s License, SS#) 415-854-0067

Join Southern California Grantmakers on March 29 from 12:15 pm - 3:30 pm for a funder learning tour to California State Prison Lancaster, the only maximum security prison in LA County to collaborate with the nationally recognized and evidence-based Insight Garden Program (IGP). Attendees will experience the impact of effective rehabilitation programs from the perspective of people who are incarcerated.

Founded in 2001 at San Quentin Prison, IGP is now active in nine California prisons serving men, women and youth -- including two yards at California State Prison - LA County (Lancaster). Many of those incarcerated at LAC are considered “juvenile lifers” -- meaning they have been incarcerated since youth. Twenty Five men commuted from Life without Parole to Parole Eligibility also came out of YARD A which has a unique commitment to programming as a path to rehabilitation and healing.

Through an experiential 48 week curriculum, IGP re-connects participants to self, community and nature. The program brings together outside volunteers from community-based programs and local colleges with incarcerated men for weekly lessons that explore mindfulness, eco-literacy, transformative leadership skills, vocational skills, garden and landscape training, and skills to support successful re-entry. IGP also serves as a bridge for those returning to our communities.

With a less than 10% recidivism rate (compared to California’s rate of 65%), IGP has saved more than $50 million in reduced costs to taxpayers over the past 15 years (the state spends $75K to incarcerate one person/year). At CSP-LAC, IGP is part of an ecology of programs that builds communication across races, promotes physical and emotional healing, and provides a space for education, reflection and skills for successful reentry.


Friday, March 29, 2019
Park at 12:15 pm and meet at the administration building at the prison at 12:30 pm sharp.
The tour and program will run from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm.


Please contact Tuly Martinez by email or at 213-680-8866 x231 with any questions. 

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