We provide opportunities to




for those touched by the justice system 


In 2012, we hosted the first TEDx inside an adult prison—ever. We are the only prison to hold 6 annual events, plus 3 TEDxSalons & 2 TEDxYouth events, so that TED has become part of the fabric of the institution. Learn more...

I can come to these programs and deal with what I need to in a real, authentic way. It is life altering. I trust these people and that matters. I’m grateful to be a part of what is going on here.” 

--D.C., current student and volunteer in the LifeLine Community Center at Marion Correctional

Those of us who’ve been in prison, used drugs, been expelled from school, are homeless, experiencing trauma, poverty or abuse don’t need helpers swooping in to “fix” us. In fact, forget the idea of help. What we want is community. And a voice. We know something others don’t—people in adversity are powerful assets. Everything HBC does comes from this radically inclusive understanding.”

--E., former LifeLine program aide and currrent HBC Downtown staff

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Working both inside and outside of prison, our core programs are:
  • strength-based, trauma-responsive and collaborative

  • based in positive attitudes about people's dignity, capacities, rights, uniqueness and commonalities 

  • mindful of the wide-ranging human needs for Belonging (establish trusting connections), Mastering (learning, solving problems, and meeting goals), Independence (self-control and responsibility) and Generosity (respect and concern)

  • developed with or by those impacted by incarceration, addiction, and adversity



Nov 08, 2019

The Hamilton Project

Healing Broken Circles Theater of Conviction and KUJI Men's Chorus inside Marion Correctional in Ohio collaborate to produce The Hamilton Project--a  performance of 23 songs from the groundbreaking musical.

Aug 10, 2019

Convicted Lyrics

5 extraordinary Columbus poets and 5 extraordinary poets in prison share the results of a 6 month collaboration in this night of performance poetry. Featuring Hanif Abdurraqib, Barbara Fant, Fariha Tayyab, Kamal Kimball and Scott Woods. 

Aug 03, 2019

Music Fest: Watch Me for the Changes

Double live show featuring the musical talents of Marion Correctional, with special guest Columbus artists Mistar Anderson

Jul 31, 2019

Prosecutor Impact

Central Ohio prosecutors and the men at Marion Correctional come together to work towards a justice system based, not on wins and retribution, but repair, healing, accountability, safety and the health and success of our community. 

Jul 20, 2019

Theater of Conviction: And in this Corner Cassius Clay

The actors of Marion correctional perform Idris Goodwin's dramatization of the Louisville childhood of Cassius Clay, Jr., and his journey to becoming the champ the world would know and love as Muhammad Ali.

May 25, 2019

Music Fest: This Is Me

BBG is our Poetry & Music program, where participants strengthen skills and talent, challenge and support each other in finding their voice, knowing what they have to say and how they want to be heard. The men of BBG share their voices and beats in a concert at the prison, dropping lines about the realities of the streets, doing time, love, and the triumph of growth and healing.

Mar 23, 2019

1 Billion Rising at Marion Correctional

For the fourth year, the men at Marion Correctional Institution will rise in solidarity to end violence against women. Through poetry, talks, music, and, as always, dancing, we will rise together as we are inspired by young men deep in the process of growth, by women and men who stand against gender-based injustices, and by a community of thinkers and doers who will not sit still.T

Feb 16, 2019

Mark Lomax II: Workshop and Concert

Drummer, composer and educator Mark Lomax II, joined by Eddie Bayard and Scott Woods join MCI poets and musicians for a workshop and concert. 

Jan 11, 2019

HBC Showcase

An evening of art, comedy and creativity open to the entire prison community.  Featuring HBC's "Talented Performer" programs: Convicted Lyrics, Take That Back Improv, BBG Poetry and Theater of Conviction.

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