Helping men think and act differently
so they stay out of prison
A program of intense therapy and transitional employment
Our focus on group therapy combined with transitional employment leads to success
Three hours of group therapy a day to teach people the skills to make good decisions and manage difficult emotions.
A temporary job in our in-house t-shirt screen printing business where men practice thinking and acting differently.
A permanent job with a company that pays a livable wage and benefits with the potential for growth.
The U.S. prison system is broken
Amount the U.S. spends on prisons each year
Increase in the prison population since the 1970’s
Percent of people re-arrested within three years of release from prison
80% of Turning Leaf graduates have never been re-arrested
Through 150 hours of group therapy and four months of support, we teach men how to think and act differently. They’re equipped to solve life’s problems. They’re able to achieve their goals. Everyone should learn how to make good decisions and manage difficult emotions. It’s how we keep men from going back to prison.
We’re about more than a job
No one wants to go back to prison. But most people caught in a cycle of incarceration don’t have the thinking skills to make good decisions or ability to manage difficult emotions. If no one modeled these behaviors for you as a child, how do you learn them as an adult? Without these fundamental life skills, men leave the prison system feeling powerless to change.
Check out the video to learn more about how we teach these fundamental skills.
“I’ve been going to prison my whole life, so I didn’t know who to ask for help. I went into the unemployment agency and they told me to sit at a computer and apply for a job. At 41, I’ve only had one legal job before, so I knew no one would hire me that way. Before I came to Turning Leaf I’d almost lost hope and went back to my old ways. Now I’m learning a whole bunch of stuff that I wished someone would have taught me when I was younger – like how to think in the right way and brainstorm all my options before making a decision. Turning Leaf is the best thing that’s happened to me in a long time.”