Eleuthera Movement

Dear Friend,
What draws you to the field
of corrections? Perhaps you
know a neighbor, friend, or
family member that spent
time in a local jail or prison.
Maybe, you are a correctional
professional, or student.
After you read these pages
and visit the webpage,
www.kagl.info , you will want
to know how to bring
freedom to communities
when offenders return home.
We invite you to join in
revitalizing communities!
We have friends that proclaim
true freedom for offenders
released from American prisons
(jails), perhaps, will face high
return-to-custody rates as high
as 80 percent. Eight out of ten
offenders will fail parole within
12 to 36 months of release
from the facility.
We have taken a deeper look
into corrections’ performance
and through an Eleuthera lens.
I Never Want to take freedom for Granted!
How can Eleuthera help offenders? In part, it is a framework
for those with a stake in our community. The principles
offered in the Chains of Eleuthera Model have been
confirmed through experiences; the author has seen firsthand improvements in criminals incarcerated, and
subsequently reintegrated back into society. You may not
realize that by joining the Eleuthera Movement, we can truly
work toward freedom in corrections and revitalize our
community. But, why do we want to change corrections? One
exon proclaimed gratitude at being released from prison and
with literacy, work and family skills to remain a social asset.
Chains of Eleuthera Is Born
A few years ago we noted the failures of the American
correctional system. We were curious that a multibillion
dollar prison-industrial complex that requires
corrections officers, wardens, ancillary staff as well as
managers supervising public-private partnerships for
food, work and education services, would confront
challenges to operate efficiently.
Without realizing it, our thoughts on corrections’
performance jotted down on napkins and note pads
were translated into our perspective of penal systems.
We can say that the conceptualization of Eleuthera is
guided by the “what works” evidence that the
Canadians, notably Dr. Paul Gendreau, had shared
decades ago.
Director Breed Supports Eleuthera
Without realizing other’s interests in the notion of
community revitalizing through The Eleuthera
Movement, we embraced the written support of Special
Master Allen Breed (former Director of the Department
of Corrections in California), which are captured in the
book’s forward:
“ Eleuthera analyzes the importance and the ways in which
collaborations between prisons and businesses can provide
inmates with marketable skills which makes them
contributors instead of producers upon their return to
society. For sixty years, I have labored in the fields of criminal
justice, as director of [several agencies], and it give me great
hope to see Dr. Garth-James’s positive attitude and scholarly
approach to the problems of corrections “
We Are Committed
The serious student, scholar, practitioner of corrections
administration and public policy must find disconcerting
the rising prison costs and poor offender community
reintegration. Examine the corrections policies of tough on
crime and lock-em up and learn the public frustration. We
are disappointed that last year a felon was released back
into the community and Chelsa was rapped and murdered.
We are troubled that there is still much faith in locking
away criminal offenders; but, not all stay behind bars. The
average stay in a state prison for all felons is 2.5 years. Yes,
prisons cannot hold offenders forever—certainly not
anymore! This book is
about helping corrections
administration find a way a new organizational model that
fits with new technology, cultural awareness and
globalization. We remain vigilant!
Eleuthera principles:
• Nomenclature empowerment, or
words used to build community,
• Character building to manifest
forgiveness and compassion for
victims, families and community
• Information-based decisionmaking and knowledge of “what
works” and is worth changing in
corrections management and
administration; and,
• Work that is transforming to the
offender and makes them
As of the writing of this book, there is still public
frustration in corrections as the mandatory release of
more than 1400 prisoners is upon us. After re-reading
prison scholar Dr. Gendreau publications, The Effects of
Prison Sentences and Generating Rational Correctional
Policy, we gain a deeper insight into the challenges faced
by corrections leadership to make (freedom) truly possible
for all offenders returning home. The theme of using
knowledge and evidence-based information instead of gut
or political quid pro quo was particularly helpful to
understanding the way corrections bureaucracies and
prisons think and evolve. The historic trade-offs of
Nothing Works, have been costly. Accountability is
challenging, but corrections must be held accountable by
experts, and community stakeholders.
The book aims to:
1. Share the topic of publicprivate partnerships with a
zeal and offer a paradigm that
can work in corrections,
2. Explain the Economics of
prisons including loss of
millions GDP revenue when
men are locked away and not
3. Expose the flaws in the
corrections’ model and
problems with prisoner
population management;
advocating for strategic
solutions for efficiency and

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