Freedom Project is an innovative educational organization serving inmates and those recently released back into the community. Our programs focus on nonviolent communication and mindfulness.

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a practical tool used worldwide for over four decades to help people transform blame, anger and criticism into understanding, effective communication and peaceful resolution of conflict. By focusing on what matters most, NVC inspires teamwork, authentic expression, and empathetic listening.

The basic skills of NVC require mindfulness in their application. Mindfulness helps people become aware of their thoughts and actions before responding. By creating a pause – a reflection point – between what is happening around us and our reaction to it, we can make better choices.

Who We Serve

Our programs serve current prisoners in five Washington state prisons and those who were formerly incarcerated in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. Over 40% of the individuals served by Freedom Project were either sentenced in or released to communities in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties.

Currently, we provide regular programming at the following prisons:

• Monroe Correctional Complex (Twin Rivers Unit) in Monroe, WA

• Airway Heights Correctional Complex in Spokane, WA

• Clallam Bay Correctional Complex in Clallam Bay, WA

We provide occasional programming at the following prisons:

• Washington Corrections Center for Women at Purdy in Gig Harbor, WA

• Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women in Belfair, WA

• Monroe Correctional Complex (Minimum Security Unit & Washington State Reformatory) in Monroe, WA

In the future, Freedom Project hopes to expand its programs to encompass major prisons throughout Washington State.

How We Do It

A team of highly-trained and dedicated volunteers conduct the bulk of the training for the prison populations we serve. Each year, Freedom Project volunteers contribute thousands of hours planning and facilitating workshops and classes. Many of our workshop facilitators maintain professional certification credentials through the Center for Nonviolent Communication.