Posts Tagged 'San Quentin State Prison'

Verduin: ‘We are in a trance about how we imprison people’

Verduin: ‘We are in a trance about how we imprison people’

Fyodor Dostoevsky, the author of Crime and Punishment, once said, “There’s only one thing I dread: not to be worthy of my sufferings.”

Inmates sentenced to life in prison, Jacques Verduin said, are the ultimate “other,” the most forsaken population in American society. They have only had the opportunity to become worthy of their sufferings since the emergence of programs like the Insight Prison Project and Insight-Out — both of which Verduin founded — which foster rehabilitation and self-development.

To heal communities, Verduin works to heal the incarcerated

To heal communities, Verduin works to heal the incarcerated

A group of men who call themselves “936” meets every Friday inside San Quentin State Prison in California. The 936 represents the accumulative number of years served between the 34 men.

The amount of time the men spent in the “moment of imminent danger,” when they crossed boundaries and committed their crimes, is much smaller: one hour, 40 minutes and 12 seconds.