Last December, Buddhist Pathways Prison Project was awarded several Round Three Innovative Grants from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to bring our programs (including silent daylongs and monthly services) into three state prisons for the next three years: Pleasant Valley, Los Angeles County and Sacramento (SAC). This week we received news that the processing of all Round Three grant agreements is now complete. We received a copy of our approved agreements, and we are being told that funds will be sent out in the next few weeks.

According to CDCR, “over 440 applications were submitted by 50 organizations/individuals,” so the competition was “formidable” (as they put it), and it is a tribute to all of the volunteers at BP3 that our reputation with CDCR is excellent for offering effective programs. We thank you for everything that you do to benefit the many incarcerated people of California!

We would also like to congratulate the other organizations that received Round Three Grants from CDCR, including: Insight Garden Program, Getting Out by Going In (GOGI), IMPACT/CARE, Center for Council, Guiding Rage Into Power (GRIP), Insight Prison Project, Karma Rescue, Marin Shakespeare Company, Alternatives to Violence, Tender Loving Canines, and Project Avary.

Walt Opie, Executive Director
Buddhist Pathways Prison Project