From left are Kim Moore, GRIP Volunteer Facilitator, Warden (A) Kimberly A. Siebel and CRM Martina Virrey with inmates graduating from the GRIP program.

By Lt. Christene Zoucha, AA/PIO
Deuel Vocational Institution

An offender accountability program offered at Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI) recently saw 19 inmates graduate.

Guiding Rage into Power (GRIP), offered through the CDCR Innovative Grant Program, is being replicated across the state, particularly in institutions serving violent offenders.

GRIP is based on 19 years of hands-on professional engagement with thousands of prisoners in the California state prison system. Well-trained facilitators employ a 200-page curriculum called “Leaving Prison before You Get Out” that has been tested and proven extremely effective.

GRIP represents a cognitive-behavioral intervention that teaches prisoners to investigate the belief systems that justified their offenses. Participants learn to: 1) Stop their violence, 2) Develop emotional intelligence, 3) Cultivate mindfulness, and 4) Understand victim impact.

The program offers domestic violence certification through Insight-Out’s status as a certified service provider through Marin Probation Department. A few selected ex-offenders are trained to be gainfully employed to assist in effectively transforming the lives of other prisoners inside institutions.

Family members attended the graduation along with Warden (A) Kimberly A. Seibel, a CCI, a CCII and GRIP Sponsors and other prison administrators and support staff attending the graduation.

At left are GRIP volunteer facilitators Jesse Estrin and George Luna. To the right of the graduates are volunteer Kim Moore and GRIP Executive Director Jacques Verduin.