Virtual Write Night: April 22

Free Minds is hosting our next virtual On the Same Page: Write Night, on April 22, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm EST! Read More

Virtual Write Night: March 25

Free Minds is hosting our first-ever virtual On the Same Page: Write Night, on March 25, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm EST! Read More

Returning Citizens Talk Criminal Justice Reform

This spring, Free Minds collaborated with national nonprofit The Education Trust, who through a network of motivated advocates, fights to achieve high academic achievement for all students— particularly those of color or living in poverty. Together, Free Minds and The Education Trust hosted “Educational Justice: Centering the Voices and Experiences of Incarcerated Individuals,” a panel discussion deeply rooted in lived experiences of those personally impacted by incarceration. Read More

PBS NewsHour Highlights Free Minds Book Club

For nearly two decades, we have witnessed young Free Minds members evolve into men whom have become avid readers, students, leaders, advocates, authors, educators, role models, and change makers. With the transformative powers of reading and writing, our members have achieved success behind bars and as returning citizens.

Earlier this year, PBS NewsHour reached out to Free Minds to profile our innovative program model, which provides a safe space for members to both process and heal from trauma and envision new futures through reading, writing, and community building. Proven to help “free minds” of those incarcerated, reading and writing has helped our members achieve a 13% recidivism rate (compared to the national average of 75.9%), as well. Read More

Free Minds Members Changing the Narrative on Book TV!

Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop is spreading the message of “books and belonging,” as we like to say, on a national platform! We had the pleasure of inviting C-SPAN 2’s Book TV crew into the DC Jail to film one of our book club sessions in its entirety.

Book TV filmed and produced a segment documenting our book club on the education unit at the DC Jail, with Free Minds Book Club Facilitators Clint Smith and Stacey Houston. The book club on the education unit meets biweekly, with book club members—many of whom had little to no exposure to literature prior joining the club—coming together to read, engage in group discussion, and write and share poetry. Read More