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THE PILOT CLASS OF THE BEST PROGRAM INCLUDED 22 MEN. ALL CLASSES WERE HELD AT THE CHARLE'S BASS CORRECTIONAL COMPLEX, JUST WEST OF DOWNTOWN NASHVILLE, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, SIX HOURS PER DAY. THE PROGRAM IS COMPRISED OF FOUR PHASES, THE FIRST COMPLETED OVER SIX MONTHS. BEST SEEKS TO EMPOWER INDIVIDUALS WITH SELF-KNOWLEDGE, PRESENTATION, CONFLICT MANAGEMENT, PLANNING, TECHNOLOGY, GOAL-SETTING AND DECISION MAKING SKILLS IN PHASE ONE. IN PHASE TWO, BUSINESS AND ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS WILL BE TAUGHT. THE EC PRE-FLIGHT CURRICULUM WILL FORM THE BASIS FOR THIS PHASE. MENTORS FROM THE EC AND BELMONT UNIVERSITY STUDENTS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP WILL ASSIST THE PARTICIPANTS AS THEY EACH DEVELOP THEIR OWN BUSINESS PLAN. UPON RELEASE EACH RETURNING CITIZEN WILL RECEIVE GUIDANCE AS THEY RETURN TO THE COMMUNITY, READY TO BE A CONTRIBUTING MEMBER OF SOCIETY AS AN EMPLOYEE OR BUSINESS OWNER.

 

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COHORT 2 WILL INCLUDE 20 WOMEN FROM THREE TENNESSEE PRISONS WHO WILL MEET AT THE TENNESSEE PRISON FOR WOMEN IN NASHVILLE. WE WILL CONTINUE TO USE THE ELECTRONIC TABLETS PROVIDED BY PARTNER, INTERNATIONAL DELIVERY SYSTEMS, TO DELIVER CURRICULUM, INCLUDING THE EC PREFLIGHT MATERIALS.
EVEN MORE VOLUNTEERINSTRUCTORS WILL SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES AND PASSION TO CHANGE LIVES.


OUR STATE HAS A PRISON PROBLEM. RECIDIVISM IS DEFINED AS THE TENDENCY TO RELAPSE INTO A PREVIOUS CONDITION OR MODE OF BEHAVIOR; ESPECIALLY RELAPSE INTO CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR. WE NEED TO RETHINK PRISON AS A PUNISHMENT AND BEGIN TO UTILIZE IT AS A PLACE TO END THE DESTRUCTIVE CYCLE OF CRIME AND ADDICTION. POST-SECONDARY EDUACTION IS A PROVEN AND POWERFUL PART OF REDUCING RECIDIVISM. BEST SEEKS TO EMULATE THE SUCCESS OF THE PRISON ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM IN TEXAS WHOSE GRADUATES HAVE A 7% RECIDIVISM RATE, SAVING TAXPAYERS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, AND INCREASING THE SAFETY OF THE COMMUNITY. 


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