A Suggested Program Guide for CRI
Every prison or detention center is different and the use of Celebrate Recovery materials and programming elements may be modified for various institutional settings.
The optimum setting would allow CR programming every day, seven days a week in a pod, dormitory or cellblock that is dedicated to a faith community where all inmates live together and program together and have at least two years in the program. In this case, there would be up to 6 ½ hours a day or more for programming. There are institutions which will allow this involvement; however, this is the exception.
Other institutions will allow CR programming for only one hour a week or even once a month and have a large turnover in population. In this case, the options are very limited.
Most programming is somewhere in between and we will discuss possible uses for Celebrate Recovery in these settings.
One other limitation is programming space. Some institutions have areas in which the inmates may meet in several different locations. Others have only one space, and that may be the living unit dayroom. It is not recommended that Celebrate Recovery be conducted cell to cell because of the need for group dynamics and community to complete the steps.
Note: Inmates who begin the program within a cycle start with step one in the Participant Guides regardless of the lesson the group is on during the worship time or open share time. They may be held accountable to work through the “Write About It” questions at the end of every lesson. Volunteers may be able to lead additional step-studies or to help inmates who may be behind the group after the main program cycle has begun. It is especially wise to close step-study groups after step 3 and not to have inmates who have just entered the program involved with those who are beginning the fourth step because of the nature of the inventory sharing and other issues. Trust and community must be built for this part of CR.
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