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PO BOX 888WOODACRE, CA 94973 United States

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Mission Statement

GRIP - Guiding Rage into Power - mission is to create the personal and systemic change to turn violence and suffering into opportunities for learning and healing.


GRIP’s perspective and the title of our 200-page course-book is "Leaving Prison Before You Get Out." (tm) Together we learn that being free it’s not just about finding oneself on the other side of the prison gate; it’s not just a geographic fact. At the heart of being free is not where you are, but who you are. We believe that nobody was born armed and dangerous, that violence is learned and that it is a tragic expression of an unmet need. Therefore, it can also be unlearned; GRIP’s methodology facilitates unlearning violent behavior to replace it with an attitude of insight, compassion and service.

Our flagship program, GRIP (Guiding Rage Into Power), is a one-year, intensive program that guides incarcerated people through a journey of deep transformation and accountability. GRIP is a proven model for incarcerated people’s rehabilitation and healing, developed over 25 years in the California State prisons by founder Jacques Verduin, in collaboration with thousands of life-sentenced (with parole) incarcerated people.


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