Welcome to the Freedom Within Project
The Freedom Within Project (FWP), also known as Freedom Within Prison Project (FWPP), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to reduce recidivism and change the culture inside prisons and jails, from one of violence and gang oppression, to a place where inmates learn to take responsibility for their thoughts, feelings, and actions through self-awareness and emotional literacy.
The impact of this work has a powerfully positive effect upon the inmates, their families, communities, and upon our society as a whole.
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February 24, 2017
RE: Freedom Within
To Whom it May Concern:
Immediately when I began working with women in custody at the Santa Cruz Main Jail, Freedom Within came to mind. I had been so impressed with the depth and breadth of their work in the men’s facility that I had hoped to bring it to the women as well.
Although the curriculum was originally developed as a program for men, it has successfully become an integral part of our women’s day program. It addresses universal core and foundational issues, especially for those struggling with trauma, substances, anger, relationships, communication, etc. The curriculum has been carefully, thoughtfully and strategically developed but, in my opinion, the greatest benefit actually lies in the facilitation.
The authentic, caring and humble presence of Malcolm, Jay and Marc aligned with skill, professionalism and appropriate boundaries make the group a safe and powerful experience for its participants. The facilitators ask nothing more of the group members than they are willing to do themselves. Their transparency and accountability, encourages and models healthy interactions and tools.
This unique program invites people into a deep interpersonal experience in which they also gain invaluable insight into themselves and their interactions in the world. I hope this program continues to grow and receive the funding it needs to impact the underserved members of our community.
Shana Trinchero, M.A., MFTI
Interim Day Program Coordinator, Santa Cruz County Jail
Encompass Community Services
716 Ocean St., Suite 170
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Check out our 7 minute Mini-Documentary for a deeper understanding of our organizations work.
January 2016 - Santa Cruz County Jail CODE 4 Graduation
Jail inmates graduate from intensive 12-week program
On January 28, 2016 nine Santa Cruz County Jail (SCCJ) inmates graduated from the second round of the jail's 12-week CODE 4 program. CODE 4 (Correctional Opportunities for Developing Empowerment) is designed to reduce recidivism by providing inmates with a structured and supportive space where they can explore behavior patterns that have caused harm in their lives. Freedom Within Prison Project (FWPP) congratulates these graduates and is proud of the personal work the incarcerated men have done. FWPP is one of the groups that teaches a course for SCCJ's 12-week CODE 4 Inmate Program.
FWPP Educational Staffers, Marc L'Ecluse, Malcolm Dydo, and Jay Saber, who attended the graduation ceremony, facilitate their twelve-week curriculum on a weekly basis inside the jail. The two-hour transformational group meetings encompass personal development processes that aid the men in having awareness around their own behaviors, motivations, and intentions. The processes and rounds within the group allow the men to develop trust, open-up in regard to where the behavior that led them to jail originated, and help them to make better choices for themselves and their families in the future.
Rare Video Footage
Inside Salinas Valley State Prison:
Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) is home to America's most powerful prison gangs and is projected to have more than 700 assaults this year. The following video footage gives viewers a rare glimpse into prison culture as well as a look at the lives of some of the inmates who participate weekly with the Freedom Within Prison Project, as well as other programs.