Juan’s Story

I believe the only way the crime will go down is if we have quality programming on the inside and the outside.  We need training to see that ultimately the outcome of good behaviors will be much better than those of criminal behaviors. Everyone benefits from programs like Free Minds.

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Anthony’s Story

“The journals you all gave us changed everything for me.  There was just so much that I needed to get off of my chest.  Things I wanted to say, but didn’t know how before I joined Free Minds.”

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My Introduction to Free Minds

By JoAnne Allen

A book is a small thing to share with somebody. Yet a book can lead to big changes in the life of someone who receives it. I’ve always known that. But on a recent Saturday I was reminded of the power of books to transform and connect us to the world beyond our homes and neighborhoods. Seeing that concept played out in real lives at a VFW Hall in Takoma Park was awe-inspiring.Read More

Looking Through a Window from Prison

Free Minds had the privilege of participating in a collaborative photography project called Windows from Prison, directed by photographer Mark Strandquist. In April, several of the Free Minds Poet Ambassadors visited George Mason University for a poetry reading as part of the Windows from Prison Project public exhibition.Read More

“A Wonderfully Moving Experience”

In April, the Free Minds Outreach Team took the On the Same Page program to the University of DC David A. Clarke School of Law. Read More