What is Criminon?

Criminon – meaning without crime –started in 1972, is an international non-profit public benefit corporation dedicated to criminal rehabilitation, reform and restoring the criminal’s self-respect through effective drug, education, and common sense programs.

By having them become responsible for their actions, our products are inmates who become ethical and productive members of their communities. Criminon utilizes the research discoveries made by American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard.

Criminon operates a network of groups in 35 countries and over 2500 institutions across the globe, delivering workshops, courses and programs in jails, prisons, parole and probation offices, courthouses and re-entry facilities, as well as providing training for correctional officers and program personnel to over 10,000 per week worldwide.

“I just sent a copy of The Way to Happiness home to my wife. We talk on the phone about what we read. My New Life is going to be based on The Way to Happiness… I love it when Thursdays come. I know I’ll see my new friends and hear some real powerful words … [The Criminon New Life DC staff] are very good role models to my new change I’m making for the return home. Thanks.”
– MH of Washington DC Correctional Treatment Facility in 2010

Criminon History

Criminon was first established in New Zealand in 1972. It has been delivering courses and workshops to inmates and to clients and staff involved in the correctional system in the United States since 1989. Criminon currently is providing drug education, life skills programs and self-study courses to over 8,600 students internationally each week.

The Criminon program for clients includes life and thinking skills and educational courses as well as a full drug rehabilitation component in non-institutional settings. Criminon has programs designed for diversionary/probation, incarceration and re-entry/ parole settings.

Criminon is currently working in over 1700 institutions worldwide. Well over 10,000 inmates have completed a Criminon course.

There are active Criminon programs in the United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Israel, Indonesia, Canada, Colombia, Venezuela, Spain and Russia.

Types of Criminon program applications:

  • Prevention
  • Diversion
  • Adult Correspondence
  • On-site Adult Programs
  • On-site Juvenile Programs
  • Transitional/re-entry programs—residential or day community centers
  • Training programs for those working in the criminal justice field

We are flexible in our delivery, using the format most suitable to any specific facility, environment or resources.