Incarcerated youths writing new chapters in their lives.

Empowering incarcerated youths to write new chapters in their lives.

Free Minds uses books, creative writing, and peer support to awaken incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youths and adults to their own potential. Through creative expression, job readiness training, and violence prevention outreach, these poets achieve their education and career goals, and become powerful voices for change in the community.

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Lines: Animated Short Film at Indy Film Fest

Poetry by Free Minds members Alfredo, Aundrey, DC, Myron, Tavon, and Terrell is featured in the new animated short film, “Lines,” by Claire Fleming and produced by Letitia Wright (starring Letitia Wright, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jodie Turner-Smith, Adepero Oduye and Riz Ahmed). Currently playing at the Indy Film Fest until May 19. Read a review of…

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Featured Poem

Bright Blue Skies

Bright blue skies clothe inner city lies.
There’s a quitter entangled in, “how many times I have to try.”
Curious to know your real motives,
Hands over my eyes in disbelief when I seen the real molders.

Free Minds Book Club Students

Our Impact in 2020

924

MEMBERS SERVED

87%

EMPLOYMENT & EDUCATION PLACEMENT RATE

1021

POEMS WRITTEN

11%

Recidivism rate

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Pardoning Martinsville 7 Would Be a Start to Acknowledging Virginia’s History

(Op-Ed by Free Minds member Alfred in Juvenile Justice Information Exchange)
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‘Without Your Prison Number, You Don’t Exist’

(Op-Ed by Free Minds member Kevin in the Crime Report)
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