When someone is a victim of crime all sorts of emotions and feelings are evoked especially when the crime involves violence or harm against ourselves or someone we love. Prisons are full of people who have done such things. Our communities are full of people who act out of poor states of mind and harm other people. Nobody wants this. However, our current attitude and response to such things is to ‘lock em up and throw away the key’. What about if there was another way?
What about if we look at whats behind the way people behave? Not their background or the trauma they may have had. But how it works, what is the system. What about instead of looking at these individuals as liabilities and ‘wrong un’s’ if we look for the innate health and show them how to tap into that?
It may seem far fetched but what we have found over the last 2.5 years in the Criminal Justice System is that looking at what is right with people instead of what is wrong has had them find their own inner resilience; their own peace of mind and their own compassion. Finding these inbuilt human gifts transforms behaviour in every aspect of their lives. Turning those who were once liabilities into assets and creating a ripple effect that impacts the prison system, the mens’ families, the community and beyond.