The Story – Shock Incarceration: The Best Kept Secret will weave together the voices
of inmates, program graduates and staff to tell the history of the development of Shock Incarceration
and demonstrate its process and techniques. Through personal stories of crisis and breakthrough, the
viewer will have a deeper experience of the power of Shock Incarceration to transform lives. There will
be a focus on the Total Learning Environment ™, showing how the program accomplishes so much in such a
short time. The viewer will also learn about the program’s practical effectiveness, i.e. lowered
recidivism rates and saved budgetary costs.
The Mission – Our goal with Shock Incarceration: The Best Kept Secret is telling a
powerful story that touches the viewer’s hearts as well as minds. The vision is to motivate
viewers to open their minds to new possibilities of how to do incarceration. An important goal is to
inspire prison administrators, as well as governmental and political representatives around the country,
to incorporate New York’s Shock Incarceration program into their own systems.