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Our History

Healing Communities Network (HCN), formerly Network was founded in 1979 by Father Stephen Chinlund under the combined direction of the New York State Commission of Correction and the New York State Department of Correction, now the Department of Correction and Community Supervision. The program was in 30 New York State Prisons and four New York City communities.

The mission of Healing Communities Network (HCN) is to help reduce recidivism by working with people inside prison and after prison to direct their own rehabilitation in support groups that build self esteem and a sense of community.

HCN was one of the earliest programs to address the trauma of incarceration and understand the importance of empowerment and difficulties faced upon returning to the community.

HCN adopted its new name in 2011 to better reflect its mission. Currently, HCN is in six prisons and four New York City communities. It is a unique program because it is a bridge from inside prison to the community and involves families.

“Healing Communities Network provides a place of deep listening so that we may locate within ourselves the necessary determination and perseverance to truly change.”
John Gallagher
Senior Facilitator (deceased 2016)

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