Horizon Community: Character Reformation and CRE in an Adult Prison

Presented by: Madeleine G. Trichel, Marion Correctional Institution
Presented at: 3rd International CRE Summit
Date of Session: March 27, 2010

Session Description: The Horizon Community at Marion Correctional Institution (Marion, Ohio USA) was founded as an interfaith, character-based, conflict resolution residential program for adult male inmates. Program evaluations show impressive reductions in recidivism. Recidivism of graduates is less than 12%, compared to the national average of 65-66%. The essence of the Horizon program is building respect for self and others, and establishing a new link between faith communities and the correctional institution for rehabilitation purposes. This workshop presented a detailed overview of Horizon and provide examples of CRE adaptations for the prison environment and links to multiple faith traditions.