Leaders at Canadian justice conferences welcomed the Peace Education Program as a way to help people make better choices and live more fulfilling lives.
Irene Woodhead and a team of volunteers launched the Peace Education Program in Cornwall, UK with a screening of “Inside Peace,” a documentary about four inmates who attended the peace workshops in a Texas prison. One viewer said it was “absolute madness that there are inmates who have a life of pain and difficulty who are in more peace than billions of people on the outside world, living normal ‘free’ lives… It was just amazing to me— if these guys get in contact with that, then anyone can.”
Jodi Barker, a facilitator of the Peace Education Program, never expected that volunteering at Miami’s Everglades Correctional facility would be so rewarding, especially witnessing the inmates’ process of self-discovery. One said, “No matter how hard it gets, I can know who I am on the inside. It helps me even if no one else knows. Because I know.”
On March 29 The Armidale Express newspaper in New South Wales, Australia covered the Peace Education Program (PEP) and “Inside Peace,” a feature documentary film that highlights the impact of the program on inmates at Dominguez State Jail in Texas.
After winning accolades at numerous film festivals for how it powerfully documents the impact of peace education on the lives of Texas inmates, Inside Peace will be shown on PBS television stations across the U.S.