3 Ways TUMI Turns Criminals Into Model Citizens

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” 
― Mahatma Gandhi

Let’s face it, not all criminals are “bad guys.” Deep down some are good people that got caught in bad situations.

Through The Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI) program, Serving California turns inmates into model citizens. 

The results have been nothing short of spectacular and have been praised by criminal justice professionals, such as former Warden Robert Uribe of Centinella State Prison, as a way to reduce California’s dismal recidivism rate of 65% and turn “bad guys” into model citizens with a recidivism rate of less than 6%. 

So how does TUMI do this? Here are 3 ways:

1. Education

We believe that education is the key to rehabilitation – and we’ve seen it in action.

We believe that education is the key to rehabilitation – and we’ve seen it in action.

 

TUMI is a 3 ½ year seminary program that has 37 classes in 20 California state prisons. Inmates like David, a good guy, who fell in with the wrong crowd and was now serving a lengthy sentence, relinquish their lives to Christ. They commit themselves to a NEW LIFE as a Christian, and everything that entails! This means acting on their faith. They also start to pursue the RIGHT things and earn a college degree, and credits in TUMI, in the process

David’s story was a familiar one – some bad choices, the wrong friends and resorting to crime - until he gave his life to Christ and enrolled in TUMI.

David’s story was a familiar one – some bad choices, the wrong friends and resorting to crime - until he gave his life to Christ and enrolled in TUMI.

 2. Bible study & prayer

Through daily bible study, education and prayer, inmates like David literally become new men – no longer criminals. They begin practicing what they learn in TUMI by serving others, praying, building their character on a biblical model.

After giving his life to Christ, David began to live differently -- and it showed, so much so, that he was eventually paroled! He moved into a Serving California transitional home, where he was able to....

3. Learn from the right Role Models

Chapel is the foundation of TUMI - and helps to create leaders and mentors among prisoners.

Chapel is the foundation of TUMI - and helps to create leaders and mentors among prisoners.

Once a TUMI participant has paroled or graduated and been released, he is eligible to live in one of our transitional homes.  While there, they learn to submit to the authority within the home, working, managing finances, and being a part of a team.

They are also surrounded by other TUMI graduates who serve as role models and teach them to became a valuable member of society.

No longer a “bad guy,” no longer being supported by tax dollars, living in prison and making bad choices.

David, like many others, is proof that together we can put a stop to crime and halt the revolving door of California prisons and create hardworking members of society.

All it takes is faith!