Our Work

THE NEED

OUR APPROACH

FTC’s curriculum is unique among prison programs in that it uses a multi-disciplinary approach incorporating cognitive behavioral techniques, emotional intelligence skills and other proven psychological tools. It is our experience that people can change, even after spending years in prison or years in addiction. The capacity for the redemption of the human spirit is extraordinary and we have witnessed seeming miracles as people become peaceful, productive and responsible members of our society.

THE REALITY

Even though the rates for incarceration have gone down in recent years, the U.S. still has the highest rates of incarceration in the world. California prisons, plagued by overcrowding since the 1970’s, house more than 183,600 prisoners, with some prisons running at 300% capacity. In addition, prison homicides in California are double the rate of the national average.1 Incarceration experts point to overcrowding and the lack of prisoner rehabilitation programs focused on reducing prison violence as the primary sources of this increase. California is expected to spend $75,560 per inmate per year on incarceration, the highest in the nation and 45% more than 20112. According to the California Department of Corrections, 65% of inmates who are paroled or released return to correctional control within three years.3

1 NBC News, February 2016
2 State of California, Legislative Analysts Office: March 2017
3 California Department of Corrections 2015 Outcomes and Rehabilitation Report

OUR PROGRAMS

IN-PRISON PROGRAMS

EVENT FREQUENCY

Throughout the year, FTC offers large workshops that take place over a 2-3-day period as well as long term prison programs where classes are offered once a week.

WHO IS INVOLVED?

Our foundational programs currently serve the incarcerated community in California prisons. We offer workshops and classes that are highly accessible to men and women of all cultures, education levels, and faiths.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Become a volunteer and experience this rich and rewarding work first hand, share FTC with your friends and/or donate to support our programs.

OUR PROGRAMS

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

EVENT FREQUENCY

As scheduled.

WHO IS INVOLVED?

FTC has a growing network of support and opportunities for community engagement. Come join our Mighty Network to connect with like-minded individuals, join our monthly community calls, discuss topics and discover the many ways you can get involved.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

There are a number of ways to get involved in our community events. Spread the word and invite your friends and family. Host an event, volunteer in your area of expertise and of course come join us and have fun.

GET INVOLVED

SERVICE LEARNING TRAINING

EVENT FREQUENCY

As scheduled.

WHO IS INVOLVED?

The Service Learning Training (SLT) is a two-day training program designed to prepare interested individuals to serve as volunteers in our prison workshops. It also teaches fundamental self-care skills useful for anyone who either volunteers or works in a service capacity.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Spread the word and invite your friends and family.

LEARN MORE

ALUMNI SUPPORT

WHO IS INVOLVED?

Our Alumni are men and women who have attended a FTC workshop while incarcerated. If that’s you, we want to hear from you! Send us an email and connect with us on our Alumni Facebook page.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Join us and be part of this network of support. Connect with us and other Alumni, speak at our events, volunteer in our prison programs and invite your family and friends to share these practical skills and tools.

GET INVOLVED

OUR IMPACT

Since FTC started this work, we have seen the culture change within the prisons we support. This culture change saves money spent on prisons and reduces the cycle of re-offending. Preliminary results are impressive and show that female prisoners who participated in five or more FTC workshops had a recidivism rate of less than 5%, compared with the statewide rate of 49% recidivism for females at that time.
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