Training the New Clinical Staff

We take our responsibility to the men we serve seriously. They deserve the best. That’s why training staff to deliver high-quality services is one of our highest priorities. Now that our Columbia team has been hired, it’s all about getting them ready. Each afternoon at Turning Leaf, our new hires are coached by staff veterans. … Read more

It’s Time for Back to School Swag!

Summer is over here in the South and the school bells are a-ringin’. At Turning Leaf, we know what that means: field trips, sports teams, and school spirit weeks are just around the corner! If you are a teacher, administrator, coach, librarian, or are in any way in charge of children, this can be an … Read more

Rigg

Drugs. Robberies. Guns. Violence. There are so many things for parents to worry about. Sometimes, all a mama can do is try her hardest and hope that someday her child will hear her. That’s how it was with Rigg. His mama did everything she could to show a good way to live. But from the … Read more

Deon

“The power to grant pardons and clemency is one of the most profound authorities granted to the President of the United States. It embodies the basic belief in our democracy that people deserve a second chance.” –President Barack Obama, January 19, 2017 It’s not every day you get a letter from a sitting President of … Read more

Turning Leaf Founder Published in Stanford Social Innovation Review

 “Change is really hard, even under the best circumstances. People leaving prison attempt to change their whole lives with the cards stacked against them.” So writes Turning Leaf Founder and Executive Director Amy Barch in an article published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) on July 7, 2021. The article, A Better Way to … Read more

Stephen

When is a “debt to society” fully paid? When can we move beyond the choices made by a child to see that, maybe, their “choices” were inevitable? Stephen spent upwards of 23 years in prison. He was inside for most of his 20s, all his 30s, and a lot of his 40s as well. He … Read more