The IMPACT Challenge is requesting the opportunity to take one of the FDC's most violent prisons "Murder Martin", and reinvent its identity within one year. It is requesting the opportunity to change a place that no administration has ever been able to change... To be challenged with the task of taking "Murder Martin", and transforming it into "Mercy Martin" within one year.
We ask FDC Secretary Mark Inch to embrace this challenge and to see just what kind of impact the IMPACT can truly have on one of his worst prisons. In one year "Murder Martin" will become the most innovative successful prison within his FDC, and the IMPACT will set new precedence not only throughout Florida's prison system but also the Nation's.
In a time when the legislature and the world beyond, are grasping for answers to Florida's uncontrollable prison chaos, the IMPACT will be the voice to show the way. It will take Martin CI from being one of the most violent, to being one of the least violent prisons in the FDC. In one year the challenge will be met, and the blueprint will be set on how we are to reform the prison system into a place of true rehabilitation.
The impact that Secretary Inch will see through granting this challenge will be universal in every aspect. The revenue freed up will be a byproduct of the:
a.) drop in recidivism (stopping any future victimization of society and saving billions of dollars in would-be crimes),
b.) medical cost that is saved by a decline in assaults (saving the taxpayers millions of dollars every year),
c.) strong volunteer base that will provide cost-free vocational and educational instructors (tax-deductible), and
d.) dependence on donations rather than the General Revenue Fund to provide all necessary equipment and supplies (also, tax-deductible).
These savings will allow pay raises to a critically understaffed system and that has not seen a significant rise in quite some years. Much of the FDC budget requests that Secretary Inch requested from legislators could be provided by simply taking the IMPACT Challenge.
"THE IMPACT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM"
(Intrinsic Movement for Prison Achieving Corrective Transformation)
Welcome to the IMPACT Managing System, a new innovative look into the future of Florida's great possibilities. The Department of Corrections can reinvent itself by simply implementing the IMPACT Managing System within their best-suited prisons.
The IMPACT Management System will organically cultivate a new and improved culture within the FDC. A culture that will bring true lasting change to the lives of those who are incarcerated within the Department of Corrections.
It is a system that is designed to change the barren and desolate landscape that many of our prisons find themselves in today. Under the IMPACT they will become landscapes that change the unchangeable... inspires the uninspired... teaches the unteachable... and give hope to the hopeless.
The IMPACT Management System will get the maximum potential from those who are under its care, while still fostering the penological goals of the institution. The IMPACT will provide an environment that produces the highest mark of transforming the lives that reside therein... The highest mark in diminishing the recidivism rate in Florida.
Many working parts make up this complex mechanism, and with each part strategically formed to get the most out of the least. It will turn the broken idle-minded prisons into self-efficient learning centers that teach a multitude of concentrated subject matters. Ultimately, uniting complementary components of maximizing time, opportunity, and space while identifying and removing any distractions.
IMPACTING THE WORLD BEYOND PRISON
The IMPACT is a vision that will only become a reality when we hold ourselves accountable for positively impacting the worst parts of our world. It will only become a reality when we embrace the intense and profound desire to change a world that for far too long has refused to change. The desire to change a world that will one day re-enter our world... our children's world.
The understanding that failure to impact the incarcerated would mean another victim created... another innocent child molested... another innocent woman was beaten... another innocent man robbed... another innocent life taken. We must accept the accountability that not only should fall on us but on every productive citizen that will be affected by the failure to impact the darkest parts of our society.
ACHIEVING OUR GOAL
To achieve our goal we must set up a well-organized system that breeds the maximum potential for success. A system that establishes ownership, accountability, and incentive as its three foundational pillars. It is through these three pillars that we will build success in reforming our prison system.
The duty to find a way to breach the barrier and breathe life into those who have been left to drown in the waters of unforgiveness is something that the IMPACT breeds into everyone involved... What we often fail to realize is that when they drown, they often take one of us with them.
Up to this point, the prison has been a micro-controlled environment for those under its care, and rightfully so as most came in unruly and in need of being broken down. It has become quite evident that this method alone lacks effectiveness, and we must now focus on building them up.
The IMPACT will seek to rebuild these broken vessels by giving them a chance to prove they want to change. By giving all who wish to be a part of the solution rather than a part of the problem the opportunity to become the change they seek... for those who refuse to change, they will be removed and placed back into a micro-minded institution.
The IMPACT Management System allows each prison to double (sometimes triple) the number of students benefiting from each vocation, while also producing better results through the benefit of being surrounded by like-minded people and concentrated subject matter.
One of the unique keys to our future success is how we organize our housing capabilities. Identifying the best prisons to utilize as our new learning centers will be based on two things:
1.) Identifying which prisons are located around Florida's most populated cities (providing the necessary volunteer base) and
2.) Identifying which prisons have the ideal dorms (providing the necessary structural makeup).
The IMPACT will turn Martin CI's dorms into highly efficient learning districts that maximize time, space, and opportunity. It allows continual programming with no additional security staff needed (as officers are already assigned to the dorms), while up-to-date vocational, educational, and life skills are supplied by IMPACT's proficient licensed volunteer base.
Each class would have 2 separate shifts, alternating between book work and applicational work (9-11 am and 1:30- 3:30 pm shifts). During the scheduled daytime hours inmate facilitators (those who have graduated that specific curriculum) will assist the volunteer (licensed) instructor with the bookwork in the dorms (the instructor will oversee all testing), and the instructor will work with the designated students in the applicational phase during shop/day room hours.
NORTH SIDE - 3 BUTTERFLY DORMS
A-DORM: (1-day room per wing, 4 wings, 56 inmates per wing)
(wing 1 upper floor) - Faith/Character Base, 9 -11 am
(wing 1 lower floor) - Faith/Character Base, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
(wing 2 upper floor) - Faith/Character Base, 9 -11 am
(wing 2 lower floor) - Faith/Character Base, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
(wing 3 upper floor) - Vets, 9 -11 am
(wing 3 lower floor) - Vets, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
(wing 4 upper floor) - Vets, 9 -11 am
(wing 4 lower floor) - Vets, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
B-DORM: (1-day room per wing, 4 wings, 56 inmates per wing)
(wing 1 upper floor) - GED Mathematics, 9 -11 am
(wing 1 lower floor) - GED Mathematics, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
(wing 2 upper floor) - GED Reading, 9 -11 am
(wing 2 lower floors) - GED Reading, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
(wing 3 upper floor) - GED Science and Social Studies, 9 -11 am
(wing 3 lower floors) - GED Science and Social Studies, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
(wing 4 upper floor) - GED Language Arts, 9 -11 am
(wing 4 lower floors) - GED Language Arts, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
C-DORM: (1 day room per wing, 4 wings, 56 inmates per wing)
(wing 1 upper floor) - Mechanics, 9 -11 am
(wing 1 lower floor) - Mechanics, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
(wing 2 upper floor) - Fiber Optics, 9 -11 am
(wing 2 lower floor) - Fiber Optics, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
(wing 3 upper floor) - Victim Impact, 9 -11 am
(wing 3 lower floor) - Victim Impact, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
(wing 4 upper floor) - Life skills, 9 -11 am
(wing 4 lower floor) - Life skills, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
NORTH SIDE - 1 T-DORM
D-DORM: (1-day room per wing, 3 wings, 86 inmates per wing)
(wing 1 upper floor) - Detox, 9 -11 am
(wing 1 lower floor) - Detox, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
(wing 2 upper floor) - Confinement,9 -11 am
(wing 2 lower floor) - Confinement, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
(wing 3 upper floor) - Transition, 9 -11 am
(wing 3 lower floor) - Transition, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
SOUTH SIDE - 3 BUTTERFLY DORMS
E-DORM: (1-day room per wing, 4 wings, 56 inmates per wing)
(wing 1 upper floor) - Water treatment, 9 -11 am
(wing 1 lower floor) - Water treatment, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
(wing 2 upper floor) - Agriculture Development, 9 -11 am
(wing 2 lower floor) - Agriculture Development, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
(wing 3 upper floor) - Computer Literacy, 9 -11 am
(wing 3 lower floor) - Computer Literacy, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
(wing 4 upper floor) - Stenography, 9 -11 am
(wing 4 lower floor) - Stenography, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
F-DORM: (1-day room per wing, 4 wings, 56 inmates per wing)
(wing 1 upper floor) - Electrician, 9 -11 am
(wing 1 lower floor) - Electrician, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
(wing 2 upper floor) - Air-conditioning/Heating, 9 -11 am
(wing 2 lower floor) - Air-conditioning/Heating, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
(wing 3 upper floor) - Plumbing, 9 -11 am
(wing 3 lower floor) - Plumbing, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
(wing 4 upper floor) - Restricted Barbering, 9 -11 am
(wing 4 lower floor) - Restricted Barbering, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
G-DORM: (1-day room per wing, 4 wings, 56 inmates per wing)
(wing 1 upper floor) - Facilitator Training, 9 -11 am
(wing 1 lower floor) - Facilitator Training, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
(wing 2 upper floor) - Positive Leadership Initiative, 9 -11 am
(wing 2 lower floors) - Positive Leadership Initiative, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
(wing 3 upper floor) - Re-Entry, 9 -11 am
(wing 3 lower floors) - Re-Entry, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
(wing 4 upper floor) - Re-Entry, 9 -11 am
(wing 4 lower floors) - Re-Entry, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
SCHEMATICS OF BUTTERFLY AND T-DORMS
The structural framework will consist of transforming each dorm at Martin CI into an IMPACT Dorm by giving each wing a different developmental purpose. They would become their learning center that concentrates on a single subject matter.
The open space of the day room is ideal in maximizing the time, space, and opportunity needed to create a classroom setting within each wing. It allows the dorm to impact everyone in a synchronized growth pattern as the day rooms would become classrooms during daytime hours where the offenders could learn a specific trade, education, or life skill.
The necessities that will be needed are:
1.) filing cabinets to hold a comprehensive filing system for each class,
2.) 60-inch flat-screen television for group learning videos and off-hours entertainment,
3.) a (to be determined) number of computers for up-to-date teaching of vocational, educational, and life skill purposes,
4.) a large whiteboard for group instruction,
5.) folders, paper, personal writing boards, pens, and pencils for individuals to work with (unless we can get every inmate a tablet),
6.) chairs for everyone in the dorm,
7.) fold-away tables that will be stored in the dorms storage room,
8.) DVD players with small screen televisions (these would be insecure cabinets that during off-hours would be locked).
The IMPACT Management System calls for a high-accountability tracking system to be in place for all usage and materials. When something is used or checked out it will be assigned to that specific offender only, and he will be responsible for it. There will be logs that will document every checkout and check-in of each item, and when not in use will be securely locked back in its mounted security cabinets.
The benefits that come from individual studies within the learning districts will teach each offender that they are the determining factor in what they can accomplish in life. They will be able to take any number of the following:
a.) A typing program that can teach how to type with speed (a skill needed in today's computerized world, and one that produces job opportunities).
b.) An intranet/intra office type of computer program that teaches how to maneuver through the internet, general applications, and life skills that are now mainly done via the internet (i.e., banking, budgeting, taxes, etc.).
c.) DVDs that teach banking, budgeting, taxes, real estate, etc.
d.) Rosetta Stone to teach new languages.
e.) The list could be endless but could cover leadership, life skills, real estate, insurance, restorative justice/victim resolution, etc.
(Note: All material will be donated from outside sources, effectively costing the FDC and the taxpayers of Florida absolutely nothing to implement this new management system, while also allowing the donors to benefit from tax write-offs.)
The IMPACT Management System will allow every offender to choose his path and will give them every opportunity to embrace change. This new innovative managing system creates a functional learning center (IMPACT Camps) by utilizing concentrated subject matter that maximizes FDC's time, space, and opportunity to impact those within its care.
The IMPACT aims to bring incentivized prisons, ultimately establishing a university-type atmosphere that will take the worst and make them our best. It desires to make a life-changing impact on every person who wades through its waters, creating a ripple effect that will turn into waves of redemption.