Jacques Verduin

Jacques Verduin, MA Somatic Psych. is a father, community organizer, and teacher. He is the Founding Director of the Insight Prison Project (IPP), a non-profit that since 1997 pioneers innovative in-prison rehabilitation programs in San Quentin. In 2011 he founded Insight-Out (ISO), which provides services and self-development opportunities to prisoners and challenged youth, and empowers them to positively transform their predicament. The Prison Mindfulness Initiative (PMI) is a new initiative that is sponsored by ISO. Jacques has trained former prisoners to act as Change Agents in the community, working to prevent violence and incarceration. He is a subject matter expert on mindfulness, emotional intelligence, restorative justice, and transforming violence. He has worked in prisons for 17 years and serves as a catalyst for statewide prison reform in California.