Our Principles

SET is characterized by ten defining elements:

  1. SET’s pillars are the pursuit of restorative justice and the holistic transformation of the individual.

  2. SET program is inmate driven, inmate managed, and facilitated by the correctional institution.

  3. Reflecting the experiential link between the prison and society, SET exists in the prisons as well as outside the prisons.

  4. As an organization, SET chapters are structured by member inmates according to their associational needs and capacities. This ensures that the members fully own the process that governs their organization.

  5. SET chapters operate as participatory democracies, with Executives elected by the membership for set terms. Participation in the democratic process is key to the civic education required for transformation.

  6. Entrepreneurship training is an important element in the SET model. Ex offenders are often stigmatized and find it difficult to obtain employment. Entrepreneurship training enables ex-offenders to create their own businesses and provide employment.

  7. Literacy and numeracy training is compulsory for all SET members.

  8. SET provides technical training in areas of market demand. Training-of-Trainers / Cascade training is SET’s chosen training methodology. This ensures sustainability and self reliance, and is consistent with the members’ ownership of their organization.

  9. SET’s learning philosophy is based on the premise that each individual can learn something from others, and can also teach something to others. Therefore the SET environment is defined by sharing and mutual recognition.

  10. The experience and training acquired by SET members while incarcerated enables them to be more self supporting outside the prisons. SET outside the prisons holds fundraising events; helps ex-offenders with temporary accommodation upon release; helps members find employment and set up businesses; and contributes to social education and restorative justice efforts.

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