Lineage Project delivers programs to youth and staff at every point in the justice system. We work inside secure detention facilities, non-secure detention and non-secure placement sites, alternative-to-incarceration programs, and with youth on probation. We also create and manage a comprehensive arts and mindfulness after-school program at Horizon Juvenile Center (secure detention). 

Research published in the peer-reviewed International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology shows that our program at an Alternative-to-Incarceration site helped justice-involved young men manage their anger, reduce reactivity, and cope with high levels of stress and anxiety, and therefore has the potential to reduce the likelihood of justice system re-involvement. 

Read the full article: Mindfulness and Rehabilitation: Teaching Yoga and Meditation to Young Men in an Alternative to Incarceration Program

"Teaching kids about mindfulness and breathing techniques has really helped them to regulate their emotions. Oftentimes a lot of the aggression and poor decision-making are the result of poor impulse control. The Lineage instructors are very knowledgeable about our population and do an excellent job engaging the youth. Exposing kids and staff in our system helps create a safer environment and, hopefully, long lasting changes in the young people's ability to positively control their futures."
 — Sandra Bryce, former Center Director, Ella McQueen Reception Center
“When I was upstate [referring her to time in a locked detention center] I didn’t have no patience. I just wanted to be out. But then when I was out, it was like I was still locked up, my mind was still locked up.”
 — Youth participant, Horizon 
“I think that I should listen to what my heart tells me instead of these negative thoughts that pop up.”
— Youth participant, Horizon 
“I like the yoga poses. When I do the yoga poses I feel like someone who can overcome an obstacle.” — Youth participant, Ella McQueen