James has designed a new workshop series and self-help manual called “Positive Interventions” – an offender-based self-help study program, that is designed to support the development of insight, remorse, responsibility and pro-social skills. He has the full support of the institutional psychologists for the program, and I hear they have applied to CDCR in Sacramento to have it officially recognized as an approved self-help course. This makes it eligible for funding (for basics like paper & pencils, go figure…!) and for support by an institutional co-ordinator. Hopefully, it might spread to other institutions.
The inmates taking the new workshop on his yard at Calipatria SP are apparently thrilled with this new program and recommending it come before Bridges. I don’t have electronic copy of it…yet! When I do, it will go up on the Bridges to Freedom blog.