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HBC seeks a Program Manager for our Reentry Community Center at Marion Correctional. Job listing and how to apply here 
HBC Founder receives 2017 Model of Leadership and Service Award
Joining past honorees Muhammad Ali and Janet Reno 
On July 29, 2017 Jo Dee was honored for demonstrating vision, compassion, and courage in meeting the needs of youth, families, and communities. As part of the award ceremony, held at Crazy Horse Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Davis was wrapped in a Lakota Star Quilt to honor her and protect her on her journey through life.
“These programs are transformational,” says Mark Freado, Director at CF Learning, who nominated Davis for the award: “HBC should be a national model of rehabilitation and healing in adult and juvenile corrections.”
“Jo Dee’s endless curiosity about the potential of anyone—especially those too often written off and thrown away—is a kind of kinetic energy that propels our work at HBC,” says HBC Executive Director Kendra Hovey. “This award honoring her trailblazing work couldn’t be more fitting and meaningful. Jo Dee has deep family roots in the Black Hills.”
Davis received the Award as part of CF Learning’s weeklong Black Hills Seminar, where Davis also presented a workshop on trauma and incarceration. 
Jo Dee Davis wins KIND Award!

PR Newswire, NEW YORK (December 6, 2016) 
Today, The KIND Foundation – a 501c3 started by KIND Healthy Snacks – announces the winners of its philanthropic program, KIND People, and launches  a storytelling series that aims to reveal the transformative power of kindness.


Through the program, the Foundation is awarding $1.1MM to seven people who are championing inclusivity and serving as beacons of empathy in communities nationwide.  


The KIND People winners are addressing a range of societal issues – from infusing humanity and healing into Ohio’s prison system to providing clean water to Michigan families.


Every day, these exemplars are working to ensure that all people – even the least understood and the most vulnerable – experience touches of humanity and have the opportunity to improve their lives.

New Collaborative Programs  

This summer we launched two new programs at the LifeLine Reentry Center inside Marion Correctional. 

University Inside brings in professors from Otterbein College and The Ohio State University to teach 11-week class sessions on various academic subjects.

Axiom is a collaborative art project between 12 MCI residents and 12 artists outside of the institution organized by artist Rebecca Copper. Over the course of 7-9 months artist pairs will converse and collaborate on a project that will then be displayed at an art exhibit. 

TED Summit

HBC Executive Director Jo Dee Davis represented TEDxMarionCorrectional at TED SUMMIT. Jo Dee was invited to the June 2016 gathering of the global TED community to share about TEDx in Prisons and present a workshop on trauma.  

Six Word Memoirs

Connecting HBC to his one million story strong community of Six Word Memoirists, Larry Smith ran a Six Word project with our Fatherhood program, spoke at our last TEDx event and wrote about the experience in Smith Magazine


The seeds sown by Dan and Wayne at MCI blossomed in California. In January 2016, the men of San Quentin produced a professional and polished event, full of emotion and learning. In the audience were people ready to engage on issues around incarceration, some already in a position to make positive change. 

August 11, 2016

Great Caesar Concert

Performing for the men of MCI, the indie-rock band Great Caesar will play original songs inspired by their first "life-changing" visit to MCI in 2014. “I don’t think we’ve ever played for a more grateful or giving audience," says frontman John-Michael Parker, "everyone in the band was reminded of the power in sharing music that comes from your soul." HBC's Convicted Lyrics poets and MCI musicians will also perform. 

July 02, 2016

Second Annual H.O.P.E. Music Fest

Two days of musical, comedy and improv performances drawing on the talent and creativity inside Marion Correctional, the Music Fest celebrates the growth, learning, commitment and heart of the young men in our H.O.P.E program. 

May 31, 2016

Forum with Reform Movement of Judaism

HBC hosts a day of experiences and conversations between Rabbinical leaders, representatives from ODRC, Warden Bunting, author Piper Kerman and members of the incarcerated community at MCI, to deepen understanding of our criminal justice system. 

May 07, 2016

Take that Back @ Chicago's Improv Festival

Our Improv group, Take That Back, makes history as the first currently incarcerated improv group to perform at the Chicago Improv Festival...any Improv Festival! The skype-from-prison show is thanks to our partnership with Columbus Unscripted.

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Sep 18, 2016

Theater of Conviction presents I AM HAMLET

Marion Correctional Institution, OH

A fresh adaptation of Shakespeare's play developed and performed by 15 men at Marion Correctional Institution, incorporating poetry, music, dance, and puppetry, and featuring all 15 men portraying the title character. Directed by Jesse Boettcher of Otterbein University. Free.  Time: 5PM-8PM

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October 17, 2017

R3 Legislative Luncheon: Rehabilitation-Restoration-Redemption

With three criminal justice bills on the Ohio legislative agenda, HBC partners with the Vincentian Ohio Action Network (VOAN) to bring together in dialogue legislators and those most affected by their pending legislation. At the Ohio Statehouse Atrium, four speakers, each one a victim or perpetrator of a violent crime (or both), deliver powerful messages, followed by facilitated discussion.

May 17, 2017

The Big Table

Joining The Columbus Foundation's annual community event, this year HBC’s Big Table, becomes two tables, as 24 people, representing a wide range of backgrounds and interests, come together to discuss how the city can transform the reentry experience and be transformed positively by those reentering.

April 09, 2017

Poetry Jam with Bryonn Bain

Location : Prison Hallway. Purpose: Fill it with  rhythm, melody and poetry. New York and LA musicians bring cello and upright bass. MCI musicians bring drum and guitar, and together with poet, academic, and actor Bryonn Bain and 30 or so of the men at MCI a beautiful day of sharing music and spoken word! 

February 12, 2017

1 Billion Rising at Marion Correctional

For the third 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.This is an invitation-only event open to a small number of outside guests. 

December 29, 2016

TEDxMarionCorrectional 2016

Marion Correctional Institution, Marion OH

Our 5th annual TEDx and 10th TEDx event will center around the theme REVISIONIST DESTINY. Once again we invite people to come together to consider ideas related to incarceration, rehabilitation, and reintegration, this time with a focus on how the future may not be what we expect. 
This year's speakers:
Rachel Bertner: Recovering Yoga - Recondition - Reeducate - Reintegrate
Joe DeLoss: Hot Chicken Takeover - about way more than food - providing fair chances
Braunwynn Franklin: Peer Wellness Program Manager, Portland, Oregon 
Talks by 4 residents and performances by the Kuji Men's Chorus and Convicted Lyrics poets

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