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HORIZON COMMUNITIES IN PRISON

Corporate Address: 2245 South Monroe, Tallahassee, FL 32101
Phone (407)
252-6123   
Email:  office@HorizonCommunities.org

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MISSION:

Horizon seeks to prepare prisoners to live responsibly with others.

Horizon is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit corporation. Horizon contracts for services with state departments of corrections and federal agencies and also relies on grants from foundations and gifts from individuals to provide necessary funding for staff, programs and materials.

VISION:

Horizon represents a fundamental change in criminal justice from retributive justice to restorative justice. 

Horizon implements its mission and vision by establishing faith-based residential programs in prisons. A prison wing - and even an entire prison -  is converted into a living and learning environment, and programs are presented by volunteers that effect an inner transformation of inmates, enabling them to live with others in mutual support, trust and respect – a critical need in reentry preparation.

PROGRAM GOALS: 

  • Increased personal responsibility
  • Increased family responsibility
  • Increased employability

OPERATING VALUES:

Collaboration
Horizon seeks to work with all stakeholders to achieve the common    mission of transforming lives of the incarcerated and their families.

Respect
Horizon Communities are communities of respect, of the institution, of self, of others. Horizon participants model respect in their language and actions, fostering respect for human difference, be they religious, racial, gender, age, or cultural.

Family
Central to the Horizon experience is community and family. Organized into "pod families," programs focus on improving personal and family relations, restoring family linkages.

Inclusiveness
Horizon Communities in Prisons are inclusive of the major religious traditions that are supported by the local community surrounding that prison. While the largest majority (over 95%) of participants are Christian, no effort is made for conversion toward those who are not. To date, this multi-faith approach has built bridges of respect and understanding among inmates, volunteers, staff and clergy far beyond anyone’s expectations.

Service
The ultimate aim of the Horizon community is to grow in service to others and God.

Volunteerism
The sacrificial presence of volunteers constitutes the mystery of the healing presence of the community.

Transparency
Horizon opens its procedures and programs to all who will come and see. Horizon programs stress education, the willingness to learn and change in all facets of life.

2012 Annual Report

News and Notes:

It was a Good Year for Faith-based Prison Programs
by Hugh MacMillan
 
Wakulla Volunteer Agnes Furey on Restorative Justice
 
Tomoka Volunteer Kyle McQuillen honored as Florida Department of Corrections Volunteer of the Year

New Horizon Programs for Women

Mindfulness Behind Bars
by Elizabeth Cohen

Mandatory sentences created a crisis
by Lester Abberger & Deborah Fleischaker

Faith offers promise for prisons
by Hugh MacMillan

A New Approach to Fiscal and Social Sanity in Corrections
by Ike Griffin & Hugh MacMillan

Spotlight on Volunteers


Inmates Reflect:
The victim-offender awareness program, "Bridges To Life," in the Horizon faith- based unit at Tomoka has had a profound impact on my life.  Read more

Gently does it
The Economist

Florida inmates may do less hard time - Gainesville Sun

Why we must fix our prisons - U.S. Sen. James Webb

Hope on Horizon - EDITORIAL

Horizon Communities on PBS Religions & Ethics

Administrative Address: 405 El Camino Real, Suite 106, Menlo Park, CA 94025
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