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This grass-roots program was instituted in 1989 by a handful of volunteers and continues to be administered today by hundreds of Criminon® volunteers across the world. Through the mail, trained volunteer supervisors administer correspondence courses to inmates. The Way to Happiness® is always the first course, and when complete, the inmate can then choose whatever course he wishes to take next, and continue until he has completed the program.
The way the correspondence course works is simple:
An inmate finds out about the course either through word of mouth or materials provided to the prison. He writes in to start a course. Criminon® sends him the appropriate course materials, which include the course book and the accompanying lessons and drills. The inmate reads a chapter or section of his course and then immediately does the corresponding application lessons. Such action ensures that he will see how the material actually applies to his life, and thus the learning becomes practical knowledge instead of some abstract concept.

All lessons must be answered and mailed back to Criminon® where a correspondence course supervisor grades the responses and results of what the inmate has done. These are then mailed back to the inmate, who then either corrects what he has done on the previous chapter, or if everything was understood and applied properly, continues onto the next section of his course.

This approach guarantees that the inmate never goes beyond a section without complete comprehension, and the ability to successfully apply the lessons to his life. With these correspondence courses, any inmate in any part of the world can reap the benefits of the Criminon program, and can restore to himself his self-respect, his self-trust, and can learn to live with honesty and integrity – all of which combine to make a life of decency and happiness.


Criminon® also works directly with inmates and juveniles inside correctional institutions and detention centers. Trained Criminon counselors work with groups of inmates or juveniles, putting them through a specific set of courses: the Criminon® Communication Course, the Learning Improvement Course, and finally The Way to Happiness® Course. Criminon will also specially design programs to address specific problems or needs in an inmate population.

The first group of Criminon® graduates at the Occoquan Medium Security Facility at Lorton. This graduation was attended by inmates, facility staff and Criminon® volunteers.
Criminon® Florida volunteers and inmates from the pilot Criminon® program in Florida's Hardee Correctional Institution.
The on-site program offers special benefits in that the counselors are right there with the offenders to make sure that they grasp the material, and if not, can immediately handle any problem or difficulty. Usually, the three courses delivered in an on-site program can be done in a six to eight month period with four hours of study; two two-hour classes each week. For years this method has proven highly successful in juvenile detention centers and in adult prisons.

In fact, it has become common for correction officers and lawyers to comment on how much those in their charge have changed for the better while doing the Criminon courses.
After years of successfully delivering the Criminon program through correspondence courses and on-site programs, a new strategy was developed to tackle the problem of crime before it became so serious as to warrant jail time. Reaching people who have committed lesser offenses or who were at risk became a primary focus, and Criminon immediately opened the first Community Education Center in West Covina, California in June, 1997.
The first step was a pilot program at the request of a local municipal judge, and involved 67 misdemeanor offenders. Criminon volunteers delivered The Way to Happiness
Criminon students are often eager to communicate their successes from the program. Executive Director of Criminon International, right, with a student in a Criminon Community Education Center.
Course in a space provided by the local police department, and after several months, most of the offenders had graduated and the program was declared a success. Within a year, over 250 offenders had graduated from the center and an informal study indicated a recidivism rate of less than 1%.

Word spread and judges, public officials, community leaders and journalists from as far away as Russia began to visit the center and hear from graduates who volunteered their time after completing the courses to come and speak of their successes, and the positive changes they were making in their lives as a result. One judge from Compton, California, was so impressed she asked that a center be open in her city. That request became a reality, and now there are plans to open more education centers in more cities, including San Jose, San Francisco, San Diego and Washington, D.C.

As the name implies, the Criminon Community Education Centers are for the community and are always open to the public. These centers offer simple programs in literacy, drug education, study skills, communication skills, and morals – in short, the full array of Criminon courses. Each center works with local law enforcement, parole, probation, schools and other agencies to do as much as possible to help prevent crime in the surrounding community.

Drug abuse and crime are well-established bedfellows. A 1992 report by the United States Department of Justice pointed out that in most cities, more than 50% of arrestees tested for the presence of drugs and were found to have used drugs recently.

Over 40% surveyed in state prisons used drugs daily in the month before their current offense.

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