Thank you for your interest in the Partnership for Re-Entry Program (PREP). The goal of the PREP curriculum is to promote personal growth through self-examination. In examining our lives we can begin to recognize the factors/events that contributed to forming our negative life views and perceptions. These distorted views and perceptions allowed us to consider our self-destructive behavior not only as acceptable but, as normal. Such introspection and contemplation is time consuming and cannot be done quickly. To accomplish this you must be brutally honest with yourself even with subjects that cause you to feel uncomfortable or even fearful. Ideally each individual lesson should be given one week to complete.
It is PREP’s policy that in general, individuals do only one course and one lesson at a time. The purpose for this is to ensure quality of work and avoid the tendency to rush through the courses. Exceptions are granted when an individual has completed at least half of his current course and has consistently submitted high quality work, i.e., neat, well organized, well thought out answers showing insight into the behaviors being discussed, etc.
This is your life so you decide what you’re willing to invest in yourself, in your future. Below you will find the courses available and the expected time of completion. Use it to plan your goals with us. The one lesson per week policy is to ensure quality work and discourage the tendency to “just do it for the paperwork.” Some variance is allowed depending on individual circumstances.
Est. Duration of
Course in Weeks
ANGER MANAGEMENT (AG) 13
CENTERING YOURSELF (Cell Phones in Prison) 2
CONFRONTING CRIMINAL THINKING (CCT) 20
DENIAL MANAGEMENT (DM) (Coming Soon)
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (DM) 14
FINANCIAL LITERACY (FL) 10
GANG AWARENESS & RECOVERY (GAR) 15
INSIGHT MODULAR FORMAT (IMF) (Coming Soon)
PARENTING (PAR) 24
RECOVERING FROM RACISM (RFR) 16
SURVIVORS: Breaking the Silence (SRV) (Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse) 18
* TURNING POINT (TP) 16 Modules of 5 Lessons Each
Turning Point Modules 1-8 40
Turning Point Modules 9-16 40
VICTIM AWARENESS (VA) 15
VICTIM IMPACT PROGRAM (VIP) (Sexual Offenders and Change) 15
WELLNESS & RECOVERY (W&R) (12 Step Substance Abuse Study) 18
* Turning Point is a life skills-oriented course
ADDRESS REQUESTS TO: SR. MARY SEAN
WHEN SENDING YOUR WORK TO PREP, PLEASE ID THE COURSE IN THE ADDRESS
(i.e. PREP/AM; PREP/DV; PREP/VIP, etc.)
The Correspondence Courses offered by PREP are designed to give inmates tools to change their attitudes, thought patterns, and subsequently their lives, making them better human beings and productive members of the community upon release. All of the following courses focus on: Why I came to prison? How am I spending my prison time? What behaviors am I changing for my release back in the community to live as a faithful citizen?
Upon the completion of each course, a Recognition of Completion (ROC) is sent to the participant for her/his personal file.
All of these correspondence courses can be done through an approved facilitator at the prison or can be mailed directly to the PREP office:
MAIL TO: PREP: Title of Course
P.O. Box 77850
Los Angeles, CA 90007
DV addresses the need to improve communication skills at home, social behavior in the work place and within the community.
W&R is a course based on the 12 step philosophy.
GAR addresses the options available to those with the courage and determination to leave the gang lifestyle and move into the mainstream of society.
CP looks at the impact of cell phones usage in prison on self, and family
SRV looks at how childhood sexual abuse affects the adult survivor and the power of breaking the silence.
VIP examines the many aspects of and the difficulty of acknowledging sexual offenses and the honesty needed to change.
IN reflects on attitude, commitment offense, transformation, forgiveness, remorse, amends, risk assessment and transcript. Insight is a lifelong process.
CCT looks at what led me to my way of thinking and acting like a criminal and what steps I need to take in order to change to rehabilitative thinking and actions.
AM looks at how one can take the time to breathe, to think and step away from the brink of bad behavior. This course encourages some deep down soul-searching, recognizes triggers and coping skills to understand that stressors will continue to exist and can be addressed in an effective non-violent manner.
PAR focuses on skills to improve family relations and healthy child development through self-examination. (Are we good examples for our children to emulate?).
TP teaches life skills by providing the tools for inmates to find the reasons for their criminal behavior and correct this behavior.
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