Our Work

Using the power of human connection, we positively impact each community we touch by reducing violence inside and outside prisons, lowering recidivism rates, and providing the public with transformative social-emotional learning.

We provide impactful weekly peer support group circles and intensives focused on helping incarcerated men heal their trauma and take responsibility for their choices. Approximately 350 men have benefited from these groups and 60 now live free as peaceful, contributing members of society. 

On the outside, we offer formerly incarcerated program participants vital connection through peer mentorship, education, facilitation training, and service opportunities. Our outreach programs, detailed below, enable graduates to earn a living wage while bringing their hard-earned skills and wisdom to the public. 

Inside Circle Intensives

Detailed in the award-winning documentary entitled, The Work, this program invites members of the public into New Folsom Prison to engage in group-healing intensives alongside incarcerated men. Serving as a powerful bridge between worlds, participants explore fear, prejudice, and the barriers they erect to protect themselves.

Outside Circle Intensives

Bringing the work we do inside prison to the outside world, our Outside Circle Intensives provide a platform for ex-convict “graduates” of the Folsom Prison Men’s Support Group to continue the work they started while incarcerated and share their experience and hard-earned wisdom as facilitators with the public. Click here to learn more.

Facilitation Training

Inside Circle offers training for individuals and organizations supporting under-served members of society. Our facilitators, most of whom were incarcerated as juveniles, act as credible messengers serving ongoing partnerships with probation and youth rehabilitation programs. 

Community Connections

Lending meaningful perspective on a variety of social justice issues, our facilitators are powerful and articulate speakers. Offering film screenings, talks, and facilitated dialogues in corporate, educational, and public settings, we provide exceptional opportunities for educational and professional  enrichment.

Get Involved

If you’d like to attend an event or bring facilitators to your school, company, or nonprofit service agency for an interactive film screening, keynote, or training, email us at info@insidecircle.org