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The Actor's Gang Prison Project

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THE STORY:

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Every year The Actors' Gang conducts at least three 8-week workshops inside the California prison system. Their work endeavors to unlock human potential in the interest of effective rehabilitation. As one of the only remaining arts programs inside California's correctional system, The Prison Project fosters tolerance and nonviolent expression while significantly reducing recidivism rates.

Problem
In California eight out of ten inmates will return to prison within three years of release. In 2012 a federal court has mandated that California release thousands of inmates because of gross overcrowding. Even though the prison system receives more state funding than our public higher education system, few dollars are spent on rehabilitation programs to help prisoners transition back into society.

Our Solution
The Prison Project reduces in-prison violence, increases self-esteem and tolerance, and reduces recidivism. Our classes help inmates develop emotional and social skills that aid in a positive return to society. For 24 weeks each year we teach a racially integrated group of inmates who form lasting bonds as they undertake personal transformation together.

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