UUPMI has written two versions of our curriculum for UU covenant groups in prisons and jails. The first, the Prayer Circle curriculum, is to be used when we go into the prison or jail under the auspices of religious programming. The second, the Circles for Creative Growth curriculum, is to be used when we go into the prison or jail under the auspices of enrichment programming. They are very similar, with the difference that the Prayer Circle curriculum includes an ending prayer in every session.
Each curriculum is a twice-a-month twelve-session course for 8 to 10 incarcerated women or men, in the format of a UU covenant group. UU covenant groups are based on peacemaking circles from the restorative justice movement, and involve two rounds where participants share their experiences and thoughts related to the topic of the session. The curricula are organized around the seven UU Principles, with additional sessions on Self-Love, Self-Compassion, Forgiveness, and Taking Responsibility for Our Actions. The curricula are designed to be evidence-based in that they seek to reduce criminal thinking, which is strongly associated with in-prison infractions and recidivism after release.
Other Unitarian Universalist groups wanting to use the curriculum in prisons or jails in their states should Contact Us for the latest version of the curriculum.