"There is nothing right now in corrections like HeartStream Education provides that helps a person sit down, take stock and feel empowered enough to plan a solid move in a good direction."
- Jean Bracy, Superintendent, Office of Correctional Education,
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
"What I feel is unique about HeartStream as a firm is your combination of deep insight into the way people work and highly practical business tools for improving efficiency and quality. As a psychologist, I appreciate the former; as an administrator, I depend upon the latter."
- Duke Terrell, Ph.D., Warden, Leavenworth Penitentiary
"It has been my pleasure over the last few years to work with HeartStream Education. I have worked in the Federal Prison System for over 22 years and during that time I have seen and been involved in numerous programs seeking to help prisoners make positive pro-social changes in their lives. The CHANGES Program is by far the most powerful and engaging program I have witnessed."
- David L. Reuterfors, Ph. D., Chief of Psychology Services (retired),
Federal Bureau of Prisons, Springfield Penitentiary
"Just wanted to report on how phenomenally impactful last weekend has been. Yesterday was the first time back on the yard for me this week. Reports in my class were very moving. (Names removed) spoke about how incredible it has been. Incredible to speak things that were secrets or just buried, to bond with that diversity and racial difference in the group, to learn about their humanness and about how to feel again in listening to others and themselves.
"The Success Program would be only half as effective without CHANGES, this 'breakdown-breakthrough immersion initiation into community'. It's like one of those huge snow plows went through the place and the whole community is out playing and enjoying the new clearing and following the track."
- Jacques Verduin, Executive Director, Insight Prison Project,
San Quentin State Prison, California
"The CHANGES class was a life and death experience for me. I would have never realized the anger within myself, or the cause of that anger. Experiencing other's stories and other's problems has helped me pinpoint my own faults and feelings. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to participate in this class. I have now gotten rid of the old me and am working with the new person I am, to rebuild my relationships and my life. My experience with it has changed my life and I am forever grateful to the people that made it possible for me."
- William Pruitt
"I came to the (CHANGES) program not sure if it could do any good for me. I opened up and it took me to another level. I always put up this mask so people wouldn't know how I really feel, like I might be stressed out or feeling bad, but I would be smiling like everything is OK. As I was beginning to express myself, and I mean I was expressing myself around men I had just met for the first time, I was able to go into my deepest most inner thoughts, and it seemed like I was able to release so much luggage that I had inside of me for all those years. It was men from every race, background, and walk of life and for those three days we formed a bond - not a bond as convicts, but a bond as human beings."
- Anthony Hodges
"I have spent a lot of my 35 years of life in prison, 17 years to be exact. Though I am a leader in the institution and I am responsible for the lives of about 70 black prisoners who are part of the organization which I lead at this institution, my future on the outside seemed bleak. I had no immediate plans for my release and I truly had not dismissed the thought of returning to vice. I had lost hope in regards to living a normal "crime free" life due to my past. However, since this program, I have come out of my state of despair and acquired new hope. I have reconnected with my positive desires to achieve something out of life using my skills and not to take short cuts. I am now willing to make sacrifices due to the motivation of CHANGES. It was an experience I shall never forget."
- Dorian Guy-Bey