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Self-Study/Workshop Guide

We are currently in the process of creating a Self-Study/Workshop Guide for groups and individuals and we would like your input in order to create the most effective material. This page was created for your convenience, so that you may review the documents on here or download them to review them more carefully. All suggestions will be considered. Thank you!

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Recommended Reading Lists:  Inspired individuals have shared Suggested Reading Lists with us.  We are working on creating a Top 100 books reading list and we hope you will share your list with us, too, encourage idea-sharing for personal collections and Resource Room Libraries.

  FCI Big Springs Suggested ROC Reading List     FCI McKean Recommended Reading List  

  FCI Waseca Reccommended Reading List    FS Recommended Reading List

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Self-Study Guide Packet Facilitator  Guide Managing  AngerOwnership Manual Motivation TipsHandling FrustrationsDealing With RejectionCulture Shock

The R.O.C. Community provides a framework to help incarcerated people make the best use of their time in prison: preparing for a successful release and re-entry. Using custom assessment tools, vision and goal-setting activities and peer support, R.O.C. Community encourages incarcerated people to create skills development. Post-release, the “Core” packet of worksheets and support documents, provides an anchor for positive habits and a roadmap for success. By creating an integrated system for improving cognitive function and maintaining community ties, we help participants to change the direction of their lives, beat the odds, and stay free.

NOTE: This information is in the testing phase and is not fully cited or completely finished. If you choose to check out the information, keep this in mind but feel free to share your thoughts with Fair Shake about specific pages or the document as a whole and your message will be passed on to the R.O.C. Community.

    ROC I (Including Table of Contents)     ROC II      ROC III    ROC IV     ROC V

Take A Load Off

Anthony Tinsman is an advisory board member of the International Certification Board of Recovery Professionals (ICBRP), and designer of Take A Load Off (TLO) a prisoner-reentry program used in the Bureau of Prisons (BOP). He is an advocate for prison and sentencing reform, especially the rehabilitation of inmates. Tinsman has established TLO as an economical and effective platform with a simple philosophy: influence immediate change within the system and inmates lives. His articles have appeared on Huffington Post, Google Finance, Prison Law Blog, Incarcerated Voices, Spotlight On Recovery and many others.


TLO is designated a “Best Practice” by the BOP Reentry Division, in conjunction with unit based classrooms (pioneered by the original TLO program in 2010). You can use the forms here to start your own unit-based reentry course, and get students RPP credit on SENTRY.

To start reentry studies sessions you’ll need to present your proposal to unit-team members (Counselor and Unit Manager) for approval. You can teach lessons using various booklets: Job Hunt / Resume, Accounting / Money Smart, Parenting, AA / NA/ CBT, Correspondence based exams, etc. The program is in operation in 6 federal intuitions and spreading fast! They include FCI Forrest City (low and medium), FCI Tucson AZ, FCI Seagoville TX, FCI Ray Brook NY, FCI Oakdale LA, and FCI Petersburg VA.

The original program consists of three workbooks and facilitator guide, which are being updated. By year-end 2016 you should be able to download a free pdf of everything. Until then work with staff to get some of these items for your classes: SS-5 social security card application, birth certificate applications, schedule for your Records Department, summaries about the Speedy Trail Act for detainers and warrants and on and on.

A recent case-study has shown TLO helped over 75 percent of students obtain vital documents, and pursue GED or post-secondary education: compared to prisoners who have not voluntarily participated in the program. A detailed report will be published on Huffington Post.com and in the Winter 2016 Inmate Shopper by Freebird Publishers.

If you have any questions, or would like a copy of the Take A Load Off materials please write: Dear Tinny, 649 N. Rupple Rd, Fayetteville, AR 72704. Thanks for your time, consideration and commitment to come-out-on-top after prison.


     TALO I      TALO II     TALO III    TALO IV     TALO V

The Career Connections Mentoring Program (CCP) is a collaboration between federal prison staff and men incarcerated at FCI Danbury, and community and governmental partners, to promote public safety by enhancing rehabilitative and reentry resources available to the incarcerated within correctional facilities.