Inmate Council Program receives the American Correctional Association’s 2019 “Innovation in Corrections Award”

The American Correctional Association has awarded Beyond Us and Them’s Inmate Council Program (now C its 2019 “Innovation in Corrections Award.”  This prestigious award honors the powerful work C4C has done building programming for the state’s incarcerated population, now reaching 22 of the state’s 35 prison facilities.  The Inmate Council Program is a six-month intervention where participating inmates are trained to facilitate Council sessions for their peers, empowering them to become positive agents of change in the prison yard and in their lives. The program contributes to a shift of culture within prisons and equips participants with tools for successful reentry and reintegration into their communities upon release.

The award was presented on January 14, 2020, in a ceremony at the end of ACA’s Convention.  The award was presented to Center for Council “For its outstanding efforts in reducing recidivism and promoting future success for offenders” and was accepted by Sam Escobar and Jared Seide.

Inmate Council Program receives the American Correctional Association's 2019 Innovation in Corrections Award

ACA President, Gary Rohr, and Chair of the Awards Committee, Vicki Myers, presented Sam and Jared with the award. The American Correctional Association is the oldest association developed specifically for practitioners in the correctional profession. 

ACA Award for Innovation in corrections plaque

The ACA provides a professional organization for individuals and groups committed to improving the justice system. The annual “Innovations is Correction Award” is intended to broaden the knowledge and familiarity amongst the membership of the ACA of successful rehabilitative program interventions and to recognize an outstanding correctional program. 

Watch this video of recent graduates of this program reflecting on its impact

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