In forward discussions on how to implement solutions to crime in America, it is important to recognize the fact that the founder of these strategies that are being discussed spent more than a decade of his life in prison. He is using empirical evidence resulting from direct experience with the system of “justice” to make corrections in our society.
For adequate support to be received by those who reside within the walls of the criminal justice system, there must be empirical evidence training and coaching. Regardless of whether an individual is returning to society or has a life sentence, at the CDCG, LLC, we are aware that when meeting such individuals, the life experience or evidence of the coach matters to those individuals. Two of the issues that are at stake when comparing responses of how receptive one will be during any coaching session is the theory vs. the practical.
Access to coaching does not mean the lessons will be thoroughly engaged and/or comprehended.
The engagement will depend most on the coach’s empirical evidence and their understanding about it
The most successful plan for reentry, intervention, or prevention must include elements of those who have experienced the situations of those they are training or coaching. The best defense for any situation is prevention and the only way to achieve this effectively is to have experienced something yourself or to have witnessed someone experiencing a situation, although this is the weakest of the experiences. For example, in a case of a fire burning someone up in front of you, it is true that as a witness of a fire burning someone that you are also having an experience. However, what the individual on fire is feeling is of no comparison.
Incarceration, in any case, influences the physical, mental, and spiritual being of an individual. There is a particular molecular structure that is developed by individuals who have had direct contact with incarceration and have overcome the experience successfully. It takes someone who can relate with the familiarity to what is being experienced to pull out the best of the individual being coached. Successful coaching requires a high level of empathy that cannot just be read or talked about. It requires that individual to put themselves in another person’s shoes. Coaches that have experienced incarceration brings out the most efficient and desirable outcome of success in incarcerated individuals.
The training is highly comprehensive and innovative. For example, in the Harris County area (located in the state of Texas) there are about 10-15 prisons within a 75-mile radius. We surmise that a minimum of 10 coaches in this area will be enough to start coaching and training others to serve the area of Texas.
The Certified Development Coaching Group (CDCG), LLC and the Ex-Felon Entrepreneurship Retail Museum of Avoidance (EFERM) are examples of successful reentry programs. Both companies were founded by Amar Skinner aka the “Community Doctor”. These concepts are designed to promote critical thinking, while utilizing our natural birthright of entrepreneurship, which leads to creative thinking. He has developed curriculums, written books on critical thinking, and facilitated workshops in various academia throughout America. As previously stated, our focus encompasses prevention, intervention, and reentry. People can experience a book within tour form entitled “The Breaking out the Box'' at the EFERM, which shares the stories of youth and adults who have ended up in prison. Amar stated, “I realized ‘how not to go to jail’ was rarely a public or private school focus to its youth and young adults in America. In a country where more people than anywhere else in the world are given longer prison sentences and locked up as a practice, a means to fixing this broken system cannot be ignored”.
At the CDCG, LLC, Empirical Evidence Coaches (EEC) become Non-Productive Cognitive Correction Coaches (NPCC) upon meeting specific qualifications. Qualifying coaches will receive certifications, curricula, and other materials used to facilitate workshops assisted by curriculum written by the CEO. Exercises are not limited to only prisoners and ex-felons but all stakeholders in the criminal justice world (i.e., District Attorney’s, Politicians, Parole/ Probation Officers, local universities). This method is to educate the stakeholders on how to successfully prevent, intervene, and reintegrating returning citizens. When exemplifying the principles that the CDCG operates you will be recognized for your contributions. Principles that surround community reform for the betterment of the whole is what these concepts were founded upon. As we move from state to state connecting these networks, our principles are the wheels that allow us to perform in various industries successfully.
Understanding the nature of systemic poverty has allowed the CDCG, LLC, to focus on the natural birthright of entrepreneurship. Poverty is the very tool which has been used to position and confine 2,000 people out of every 100,000 people in the U.S. annually. Ignorance about economics and the proper use of it allows an individual to become vulnerable to criminal acts and is heightened when faced with poverty. Despite whether one has experienced physical confinement or not, people still need to have a plan on how to avoid poverty and prison.
Predators prey on ignorance. A lack of knowledge of the now and about the now can have lasting effects that compounds through a person’s lineage. Those coming back from the prison institutions have an even harder trek while reintegrating into society, while still missing the knowledge of how they even ended up there in the first place. Their first order of business when returning to society is providing necessities for themselves and dependents, as it would be for any citizen reentering society. Statistics show that an individual without a support system is more likely to recidivate.
Understanding this, Amar Skinner, created many businesses to be used as an example of entrepreneurship to inspire others coming from similar backgrounds. Packages have been created to be distributed through the prison systems to bring awareness of the opportunity being offered to returning citizens, their families, and their communities. The way resources are invested by our companies allow us to support others in a way that many of us previously experience a lack of when reintegrating into society from prison. We have strategically designed a system that focuses on preventing this vicious pipeline of manufacturing criminal minds. Our agenda is connected by the efforts to support those experiencing this viciousness, alongside those who are reentering society. CDCG coaches will be the engine behind public speaking and marketing the services and products of partners in its network.