Rick Pendery – Second Prospect Plan Elevating Self-respect in New Mexico Inmates

A one of a kind social rehabilitation model is now in location in the criminal justice technique of New Mexico. The application not only delivers drug rehabilitation, but also engenders self-respect in the incarcerated as a way to aid lessen criminal tendencies. The application is overseen by Rick Pendery, the national government director of the […]

A one of a kind social rehabilitation model is now in location in the criminal justice technique of New Mexico. The application not only delivers drug rehabilitation, but also engenders self-respect in the incarcerated as a way to aid lessen criminal tendencies. The application is overseen by Rick Pendery, the national government director of the Second Prospect Centers, and Joy Westrum, the president of the Second Prospect Plan.

“The notion here is to shift the inmate’s ethical code from a single primarily based on criminality to a single that is socially desirable,” Pendery explains. “It can be a widespread sense method primarily based on self-survival and survival for many others. If it won’t make sense to him, he won’t comply with it.”

Pendery carries on, “Working with ‘The Way to Happiness’ booklet by L. Ron Hubbard, which is a non-religious ethical code, these men are altering their viewpoints about correct and wrong and are coming out with a distinct foundation for decisions in their everyday living. That is a single of the motives we get such a low recidivism price.”

Impartial college studies display that, in earlier pilot applications, over a five-year interval criminal recidivism dropped to fewer than ten per cent for people who participated in at least a single 3rd of the Second Prospect application prior to release.

Westrum has observed this application delivered to 1000’s of inmates. “‘The Way to Happiness’ can aid an personal see how ethical conduct can boost his survival. When that transpires, you have a good likelihood that he will modify his individual conduct by his individual free will. This is such an productive way to make lasting temperament adjustments.”

When in the Second Prospect Plan, the inmates are identified as college students. According to Pendery, “The booklet we use has 21 precepts or ethical truths that are taught to the student in a classroom beneath shut supervision, making use of various examine resources figured out in a past study course to be certain whole comprehension of every single ethical idea. The student truly tactics applying every single principle in his day by day everyday living, until eventually he really incorporates that principle into his everyday living. We have noticed enhancement with inmates in interpersonal relations, enhanced duty in everyday living, blaming many others fewer, and so forth.”

In touring the application for evaluation, Dr. Alfonso Paredes, M.D. and Professor Emeritus of the University of California, Los Angeles University of Behavioral Science mentioned, “It was particularly essential to me to have interacted personally with the inmates, shaking arms, conversing with them, and inquiring quite a few thoughts. I noticed first hand the rehabilitative method and the responses of difficult-core drug abusers and law offenders to the application. I have experienced the opportunity to do quite a few visits to compound abuse rehabilitative applications during the U.S. for the Countrywide Institute on Alcoholic beverages Abuse and Alcoholism and the Countrywide Institute on Drug Abuse. I have experienced administrative duties for statewide compound abuse rehabilitative systems, as nicely as for applications in major academic establishments in the U.S. I have hardly ever been as deeply impressed as I was in the course of my check out to the Second Prospect Plan.”

When questioned how this application is related to Scientology, Westrum suggests, “Scientology is a entire world recognized faith. Its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, investigated quite a few areas of everyday living, in addition to the operate he did with Scientology. Second Prospect uses manuals that are primarily based upon exploration Mr. Hubbard did in the subject of drug abuse and criminal conduct. It is secular and non-religious. Second Prospect Plan, Inc. uses these manuals as a result of a licensing agreement with the secular firm, Criminon Intercontinental. The manuals have been evaluated by the City Institute in Washington, D.C., which decided that they assess favorably to finest practice in the criminal justice subject.”

She carries on, “Any individual, of any faith, can use the exploration results of L. Ron Hubbard without the need of being aspect of the church or the faith.”

Westrum concludes, “From what I have noticed the rewards that these college students acquire from making use of our application are relevant to their lives very long just after they have left the correctional institution. By the time they have concluded these classes they have usually located new self-respect, which offers them a total new outlook on everyday living.”