Deputy Warden Michael Tausek purchased the Earning Freedom Mastermind Program for use in the Maine State Prison. He personally led the program and has been a vocal advocate for its success. Below is a PDF from an email that Deputy Warden Tausek sent to others in the Corrections Profession to validate the program: Deputy Warden Tausek Email PDF.
Thank you for including me in your email. I’m always open to sharing my experience with the Mastermind program.
As you know, I initiated the program in our Structured Living Unit with 5 prisoners who have been assessed as highly likely to reoffend in the community (Average LSI-R score a 29) and have been placed in the SLU due to their multiple class A and B disciplinary infractions. All 5 prisoners responded well (RNR Principle) to the program as demonstrated by their punctuality, homework, self-reflection in group and the fact that 3 of the 5 have drafted an action plan for release and a written detailed short and long term goal statement. In fact, one prisoner stated he wished he could have taken the mastermind Program at the beginning of his 11 year sentence.
From the prisoner management side of the house, I found several security staff curious about the program and they noticed a more focused prisoner in each of the 5 participants.
As for moving forward, I plan on running another cohort on our SLU for soon to be released prisoenrs. I want to add a second group in general population but have to be aware of my own capabilities. FYI – due to limited staff levels (and trained staff), I continue to personally facilitate programs as Deputy Warden.
The 5 prisoners expressed their desire to see Mastermind offered for every prisoner entering our maximum facility. I intend to take them up on the idea but will employ best practices and focus on our population that is moderate to maximum on the LSI-R.
In closing, I am available by phone or email to share my programming experiences and a more detailed briefing on how I facilitated Mastermind in the group process. I also completed a 2 year review of our Structured Living Unit and have some interesting data.
DW Michael Tausek