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To eliminate those factors which produce and precipitate criminal behavior, to replace a criminal code of conduct with common-sense moral values, to reduce criminal recividism [sic] by providing educational tools and life skills to offenders so that they may rejoin society as responsible and contributing members, and to assist the criminal justice system to bring about reforms that will help accomplish these aims.
Criminal rehabilitationCriminon International seeks to assist inmates and ex-offenders through educational and life skills training so that they can rejoin society as responsible and contributing members, thereby reducing recidivism rates.
The Criminon program consists of correspondence and on-site courses, which are delivered in prisons, re-entry facilities and community settings in coordination with parole offices and probation offices.
The Criminon program utilizes as a cornerstone of its delivery, a character and values educational course, The Way To Happiness course, based on a booklet The Way To Happiness by L. Ron Hubbard. The course teaches 21 precepts of common sense values, which replace the criminal code of conduct. The values learned are embraced and followed by inmates of all races and creeds, which results in the inmate regaining his self-respect and thereby adopting a positive mode of behavior.
In addition to The Way To Happiness course, Criminon delivers a wide range of educational and life skills courses that address various aspects of life where the inmates may be having difficulty. These courses give him the tools to handle those problems. These courses teach literacy, communication skills, drug education, parenting, and address how to handle negative influences in life.
Criminon International and its 54 groups have delivered 14,665 of these courses to date. Inmates consistently report that the Criminon program enables them to lead a more positive life.
In the year 2004, 6,765 new inmates and ex-offenders started on the Criminon program. There were 3,793 Criminon course completions internationally both from correspondence and on-site programs. This was an increase of 1,404 over 2003. At the end of the year, there were 7,728 inmates or ex-offenders studying Criminon courses internationally.
During 2004, Criminon correspondence course delivery in the United States reached inmates in 2,017 institutions and facilities.
Examples of Criminon services provided within the united states were: Criminon Florida delivered Criminon courses in over 867 prisons with an average of 1700 students on the course at any time; Criminon Illinois delivered to approximately 600 inmates in 54 prisons; and Criminon Texas delivered to 260 in 85 institutions.
In mid 2004, Criminon New Jersey was established and by the end of the year they were delivering to 90 inmates in 16 prisons in New Jersey and New York state.
In 2004, Criminon increased its delivery in its first residential re-entry center in San Francisco by expanding to a second building. This center delivers Criminon courses to parolees, probationers (many formerly homeless) as well as those sentenced to do rehabilitative services by the courts.
As a form of alternative sentencing, criminon has continued delivering The Way To Happiness course to juvenile offenders in liaison with the San Bernadino county, California probation department. There was also a program delivered in a Texas parole office to parolees to assist with communication and education on drugs.
To assist the growing number of Criminon correspondence supervisors, Criminon International upgraded its website so that individual supervisors can more quickly download lessons and forms for inmates in order to increase the speed of response to the inmates.
Internationally, other Criminon groups have expanded in 2004 as follows: Criminon in France expanded to 46 prisons; Criminon South Africa increased delivery from 684 students on the program at the beginning of 2004 to almost 1,100 at the end of 2004; Criminon groups in Italy expanded from 36 prisons at the beginning of the year to 46 prisons at the end of the year.
Criminon Israel has expanded their on-site programs from 3 prisons in 2003 to 9 prisons in 2004. Approval was obtained from the head of education for the prison system in Israel to deliver criminon courses to prison education officers. As well, the government provided funding for course supervisor pay and transportation costs for provision of services to inmates in four of these prisons.
Criminon Indonesia trained correctional officers on criminon courses and also trained 34 supervisors in 2004 who then put 194 inmates through the Criminon courses.
Criminon Colombia was established and began delivering on-site in several Colombian prisons.
A Criminon group was established on the island of Martinique, which then delivered correspondence courses to inmates in the prisons there.
Criminon CIS provided services to inmates through its three active chapters in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Novosibirsk.
The Criminon courses have now been translated into Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Hebrew, Hungarian, and the Indonesian language.
Criminon UK was accepted as a member of the open college network and the Criminon learning skills for life course was approved for college credits in the UK.
Criminon International assisted its continental and local Criminon groups to provide criminal rehabilitation services to inmates in their local areas by furnishing the know-how and guidance and other support services to their more than 780 volunteers.
Criminon International executives personally visited local criminon groups in South Africa, London, Canada, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Florida and Illinois and assisted them in increasing the scope and quality of their delivery.
Training seminars were provided by Criminon International in South Africa, Illinois, Washington D.C. and Florida as well as California for Criminon supervisors and other interested persons.
An international conference of executive directors or Criminon groups was held in England where representatives from England, Scotland, Russia, Hungary, France, Canada, Germany, Indonesia and several U.S. States were briefed by Criminon International on expansion plans, successful actions and available materials.
The Way To Happiness correspondence course was re-written at a lower literacy level and was re-packaged for use with inmates requiring a lower gradient.
The communication course and learning course for lower literacy level on site delivery, were illustrated in preparation for distribution in 2005.
The Criminon Pretoria New Life center is located in the Pretoria magistrates court which is the second largest magistrates court in the country. The Criminon New Life center has a large display of The Way To Happiness precepts and an information board about the Criminon actvities [sic] in the halls of the magistrate court. Approximately 7,000 people go through these courts in a day.
In coordination with the Department of Corrections, Criminon South Africa; established the L. Ron Hubbard study center in the library of the Leeuwkop prison in Johannesburg in 2003. The library continued to be used for Criminon meetings, several series of seminars held by Criminon to train correctional staff and for correctional staff to further their own training on criminal justice matters.
Representatives of Criminon International spoke at a congressional breakfast in Washington D.C. on criminal rehabilitation and the Criminon program.
Criminon representatives joined in and attended a community collaborative conference at the invitation of the California department of corrections where the Criminon rehabilitation services were promoted.
Official meetings and/or tours of prisons were held in California, Illinois, and Washington D.C. with the federal bureau of prisons with the view to implementing the Criminon programs.
A video presentation of Criminon results was prepared and distributed to groups and officials. Video presentations were made by Criminon Indonesia and Criminon South Africa to show the results of the program.
Criminon International continued it's lectures to school children in Los Angeles as part of its crime prevention campaign which began as a result of Criminon interaction with inter-agency gang task force members, former gang members and police officers.
A brochure was prepared on Criminon International and the results of the Criminon programs for distribution to officials and those interested in Criminon activities. Criminon International's website was completely upgraded and revamped with a bookstore provided for public to purchase Criminon materials.
Criminon Hungary participated in the "Kriminal Expo" in November 2004 in Budapest. Their displays and promotional materials reached thousands of attendees from European nations on the need for rehabilitation of inmates and Criminon's results. Criminon International assisted in the preparations and materials for this convention.