Beyond Prison: Stories of Transformation from the Inside

Posted by Kalliopeia Foundation on March 14, 2016

BEYOND PRISON: Stories of Transformation from the Inside

Kalliopeia Foundation introduces a curated collection of multimedia stories on innovative approaches to prison rehabilitation.

Beyond Prison, an immersive collection of documentary stories curated by Kalliopeia Foundation, offers a multimedia experience of the emerging field of transformative prison programming. This is the first media project being launched under the Foundation’s new mission and grantmaking areas.

While efforts are underway to redress a broken US prison system, the stories in Beyond Prison explore seven innovative program models working right now to restore human dignity to the prison experience, and bring about deep-seated change in the lives of incarcerated men and women.

Beyond Prison’s stories – in the form of short documentary films, photography, animated infographics, and articles – examine some of what’s possible in prison rehabilitation, and call attention and support to a new generation of programs that integrate essential human values as a key component of wider criminal justice reform. Together, these stories offer a unique glimpse into what prison could be: a place of transformation from the inside out.

Featured stories include:

  • A Pledge to Give Back: Guiding Rage into Power
  • Taking off the Mask: Rehabilitation Through The Arts
  • Foundations of Change: Life Skills for At-Risk Youth
  • The Art of Trust: Creativity and Healing in Women’s Prison
  • Path of Freedom: Prison Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Breaking New Ground: Gardening on the Inside
  • Circle of Strength: Restoring Relationship Through Empathy

Beyond Prison is a media project of Kalliopeia Foundation. For more information, please visit or contact

Beyond Prison ( is a multimedia collection of documentary stories that showcases proven, vibrant models of transformative prison work. The project is an expansion of the short documentary (and associated booklet) Path of Freedom, released in 2012. The stories include testimonies from leaders in corrections, cutting-edge research, and profiles of cost-effective, transformative methodologies in US prisons from Sing Sing to San Quentin. Featured programs include: Insight-Out: Guiding Rage into Power, Rehabilitation Through The Arts, Mind Body Awareness Project, ArtSpring, Prison Mindfulness Institute, Insight Garden Program, and Center for Council.

Kalliopeia Foundation ( is a private grantmaking foundation in Northern California. Kalliopeia works to create a future where universal spiritual values form the foundation of how we care for our common home.

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