WHAT IS THE WARDEN EXCHANGE?
President Nixon's "hatchet man" Chuck Colson was incarcerated for Watergate-related crimes and experienced firsthand the despair of those behind bars. In 1976, he was inspired to found Prison Fellowship with the mission to help restore lives and families broken by crime and incarceration. Now, with nearly 40 years of access to hundreds of prisons, Prison Fellowship leads the way in programs that help prisoners become productive members of society upon release, ultimately creating safer communities for us all.
Prison Fellowship's innovative program, the Warden Exchange (WE), focuses on the opportunity that wardens have to influence the culture of their prisons. Prison Fellowship's research, including studies by George Mason University and the University of Georgia with over 200 corrections experts, shows that wardens hold the key to the moral rehabilitation of the prisoners under their charge.
The Warden Exchange convenes wardens, deputy wardens, associate wardens, top corrections specialists and subject matter experts in an in-depth, nine-month leadership training program that examines and applies best practices for creating safer and more rehabilitative prisons. Relying on critical thinking, dynamic conversations, and transformational methodologies, the Warden Exchange immerses participants in paradigm-changing sessions. At the core is a belief that allowing for effective moral rehabilitation of prisoners can activate real change in individuals and break the cycle of crime and recidivism.
In the future, Prison Fellowship hopes to support even more wardens as they become transformational leaders who create safe places of rehabilitation for prisoners. Provided additional funding is available for the program, Prison Fellowship aims to accelerate prison culture transformation in hundreds of prisons in the coming years.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
- A revolutionary nine-month training program that equips wardens with transformational leadership skills.
- Weekly dynamic discussions via live video conferences for wardens with facilitators such as business CEOs, Navy Seal Commanders, technology gurus, top corrections experts, academics from Stanford, Harvard, University of Virginia, and others who interact and share their experiences and ideas on transformational leadership, eliminating prison violence, fostering successful reentry and related topics.
- Three in-person residencies in different parts of the country, in which wardens engage in collaborative group exercises and intensive hands-on sessions.
- Inspiration from top corrections experts, including the WE Advisory Panel, on effective moral rehabilitation approaches that transform the hearts and minds of prisoners.
- Coaching to create a three-to-five year action plan to systemically transform their prisons.
Director, North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, North Dakota
Deputy Director, Education, Employment and Industries Group, Her Majesty’s Prison & Probation Service, EnglandFULL PROFILE
Commissioner, Mississippi Department of Corrections, MississippiFULL PROFILE
Former Director of Corrections and Former Warden in MichiganFULL PROFILE
Former Director of Legislative Relations and Former Senator in MichiganFULL PROFILE
Executive Director, Correctional Management Institute of Texas
Former Warden, Rikers Island Jail Complex (RIJC), New York
Former Warden, Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP), California
Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Corrections, Alabama (retired)FULL PROFILE
Former Director of Corrections and former Warden in Ohio