Free Minds uses books and creative writing to empower young inmates to transform their lives. By mentoring and connecting them to supportive services throughout their entire incarceration into reentry, Free Minds inspires these youths to see their potential and achieve new educational and career goals.
Free Minds serves 16 and 17 year old youths who have been charged and incarcerated as adults at the DC Jail. Free Minds serves more than 350 youths each year across three successive phases: DC Jail Book Club, Federal Prison Book Club, and Reentry Book Club.
View a photo essay by Free Minds member Eddie explaining his experience with the different phases of Free Minds:
“I grew up around so much violence that I thought going to jail was cool. In my neighborhood, that was just what happened when you grew up.”
Eddie’s Free Minds Photo Essay May 2014