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The Mindful Kindness Program

The Mindful Kindness Program

The Mindful Kindness Program is designed to be used in a prison setting, where participants will work through each chapter of the book How Love Wins by Dr. Doug Carnine. 

The mission and purpose of The Mindful Kindness Program are to learn simple tools to help change old habits that keep us stuck in the same self-centered cycle, so that we may live a more mindful and kinder lifestyle.

Confirmed through numerous scientific studies, mindful and kindness practices can strengthen our communities, lead to stronger relationships, contribute to a long healthy life, strengthen communities and, in general, improve our lives and the lives of others.

We believe that through kindness and love, any person can be motivated to change; even with a cruel and traumatic past. Love, mindfulness, and kindness move us from a “me” culture to a “we” culture.

Know someone in prison who may benefit from The Mindful Kindness Program? Download a printable Brochure or Flyer, contact us via email at CAPSHS@choosekindnessfoundation.info or by using the information below.  

Implementing The Mindful Kindness Program in Prisons

The Choose Kindness Foundation, along with CAPSHS (California’s Parole Suitability Hearing Support) and Kindful Recovery Solutions, is working to implement The Mindful Kindness Program in prisons across the country. 

To inquire about implementing The Mindful Kindness Program in a prison, please contact Kathleen@ChooseKindnessFoundation.info.

Correspondence Courses

CAPSHS (California’s Parole Suitability Hearing Support) and Kindful Recovery Solutions offer a selection of correspondence courses to help inmates before their review with the Parole Board. Know someone in prison who may benefit from a Correspondence Course? Download a printable Brochure.


Cell Phones, Electronic Devices, Smart Watches, Chargers, and Accessories

A course for inmates who have interacted with cell phones or similar electronic devices while incarcerated, possibly resulting in disciplinary action. This course is designed to provide inmates with an exploration of the BPH (Board of Parole Hearings) perspective in preparation for their Parole Hearing. It will help inmates discuss this negativity on their record and will assist them in understanding why denials of suitability can be a result of the inability to articulate an explanation in recovery (responsibility, remorse, insight) in regard to RVR’s, confidential info, and all other areas of their record. 


Root Causes, Character Defects, Contributing Factors, Causative Factors

Questions about Causative Factors, Contributing Factors, Character Defects, and Root Causes are posed in many questions in Parole Suitability Hears. 

These are the most important questions concerning an inmate’s commitment offense. They may also be asked about these factors during a Comprehensive Risk Assessment (CRA). 

These exercises will help inmates identify their Causative Factors, Contributing Factors, and Root Causes and how they are tied together = INSIGHT

Lou Araujo is working with the Foundation as a leader on the Mindful Kindness Program. Watch him speak at the CAPSHS (California’s Parole Suitability Hearing Support) 2021 Parole Symposium.