Here is a great example of UNBOSSing a prison. I came across it last week in Granada, Nicaragua.
Most prisons see their primary purpose as guarding inmates safely during their sentence. Chief Police Commissioner (Comisionada Mayor) Teres de Fatima Flores Méndez in Granada thinks differently: Of course inmates should be guarded, but is it not equally or even more important that inmates build a desire to participate positively in society after they are released?
It is, and this lead the Commissioner to engage inmates in creating a new prison experience: Inmates would be offered to do normal work rather than just sit in their cells. Not because they are forced to work, but out of pure self-interest. Here is the mechanism: Every day the inmate works, he will be credited three days of his sentence. So if you work consistently for one year, you will have done three years of your sentence.
After inmates are released from prison, they are not lost: Every Sunday for the rest of their sentence they will come back to the prison and work for the day. This way the police will maintain contact with former inmates so they have a strong motivation to behave. If they don’t, they go back to jail. Now inmates have a real motivation to create a better future for themselves and their families, which is why this program is called Mi Futura – My Future.
The additional costs of the program are limited to tools and equipment needed to establish the workshops. The Commissioner found a donor, which happens to be my brother, Peder Kolind, who lives in Granada.
I was impressed when entering the prison’s gate! I had visited the prison in earlier years and it did not always look very pleasant, but today it is different: No waste lying around, new crops planted on every patch of land, flowers all around, workshops and even a new Virgin Maria shrine.
So what happened in UNBOSS language?
PURPOSE was changed from guarding inmates into creating a better future for inmates.
Inmates were included and engaged as a part of the solution rather than a part of the problem, i.e. an UNLIMITED organization was created.
A MECHANISM has been created to motivate inmates to do the right thing, not because they are forced to, but because they want to.
The Chief Police Commissioner is an UNBOSS at its best. Look towards Nicaragua and be inspired!

488 thoughts on “UNBOSSing the prison.

  1. Oh, it’s fantastic, I really like what you said because it’s almost what I want to say after read this amazing story, the same as you!
    It’s Jenny from China, althought I’ve never been in Granada, I love UNBOSS, hope it’ll be our common world wide language.
    Happy Chinese New Year! Happy new World!


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